Rumsen Grammatical Anomaly and Linguistic Prehistory

Internal classification of the Costanoan/Ohlonean subfamily of the Utian language family has been based on sound change and similarity of vocabulary.  This paper shows how a classification based on grammatical data radically changes the existing internal classification of Costanoan/Ohlonean, and calls into question the assumption of mutual intelligibility in the dialect chain into which most of the Costanoan/Ohlonean (hereafter, Costanoan) varieties are placed.

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