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From Californian +‎ -ist.


Californianist (plural Californianists)

  1. A linguist or anthropologist who specialises in studying the peoples and languages of California.
    • 2019, Daniel Siddiqi, The Routledge Handbook of North American Languages, page 579:
      Californianists have argued that areal patterns in the region show that phonological and grammatical convergence is more prominent than lexical borrowing, challenging the usual understanding that lexical items are universally more "borrowable", needing less intense language contact than is required for convergence of traits of grammar and phonology.