Speaking with Substance

Methods of Language and Materials in African History

  • Kathryn M. de Luna
  • Jeffrey B. Fleisher

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Archaeology book series (BRIEFSARCHAE)

Also part of the Contributions from Africa book sub series (BRIEFSCOAF)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Kathryn M. de Luna, Jeffrey B. Fleisher
    Pages 1-30
  3. Kathryn M. de Luna, Jeffrey B. Fleisher
    Pages 31-46
  4. Kathryn M. de Luna, Jeffrey B. Fleisher
    Pages 47-73
  5. Kathryn M. de Luna, Jeffrey B. Fleisher
    Pages 95-125
  6. Kathryn M. de Luna, Jeffrey B. Fleisher
    Pages 127-134
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 135-161

About this book


This volume proposes a supplemental approach to interdisciplinary historical reconstructions that draw on archaeological and linguistic data. The introduction lays out the supplemental approach, situating it in the broader context of similar interdisciplinary research methods in other world regions. Reflecting the arguments of the volume and its goal to document the process rather than the outcome of interdisciplinary collaboration, the volume is organized into two two-chapter case studies. Within each case study, the non-specialist develops an historical interpretation using their own research findings and published data from the other discipline.This chapter is followed by critical commentary from the specialist, a dialogue clarifying the commentary and specialists’ methods, and a second short historical interpretation that deploys insights from the supplemental approach. The conclusion reflects on the challenges of disciplinary conventions to interdisciplinary research and the contribution of the supplemental approach to efforts to know the history of oral societies in Africa and beyond


African Linguistics African Prehistory Archaeology Archaeological Evidence in Precolonial Africa Archaeology and Linguistics Collaboration Historical Linguistics Linguistic Anthropology

Authors and affiliations

  • Kathryn M. de Luna
    • 1
  • Jeffrey B. Fleisher
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of HistoryGeorgetown UniversityWashington, DCUSA
  2. 2.Department of AnthropologyRice UniversityHoustonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-91034-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-91036-9
  • Series Print ISSN 1861-6623
  • Series Online ISSN 2192-4910
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