Introduction to Handbook of American Indian Languages and Indian Linguistic Families of America North of Mexico (Paperback)Franz Boas (author), J. W. Powell (author), Preston Holder (foreword), Michael Silverstein (author of introduction)
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Twenty years earlier, J. W. Powell published "Indian Linguistic Families of America North of Mexico" to accompany his Seventh Annual Report of the Bureau of American Ethnology (BAE) of the Smithsonian Institution. Powell interpreted the BAE's vast collection of vocabularies through a classificatory perspective like those of geology, geography, and biology, thus organizing understanding of the hundreds of attested languages as members of linguistic families. Originally published in the same volume in 1966, these two essays form a cornerstone of modern indigenous language studies.
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Number of pages: 248
Dimensions: 203 x 133 mm
Edition: New Edition
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"[These] two cognate essays . . . are still regarded as fundamental to all subsequent work on the subject."-The World in Books
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"Both works . . . are of immediate and continuing value, not only to students of linguistics but to all Americanists and anthropologists in general. . . . it must be stressed that all . . . later work stems directly out of the pioneering papers here presented."-Preston Holder, in his preface -- Preston Holder
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