Introduction to Handbook of American Indian Languages and Indian Linguistic Families of America North of Mexico (Paperback)
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Introduction to Handbook of American Indian Languages and Indian Linguistic Families of America North of Mexico (Paperback)

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As Michael Silverstein discusses in his introduction to this new edition, the two foundational essays presented here are culminating moments in the scholarly history of North American indigenous peoples' languages and cultures. Franz Boas's "Introduction" essay (1911) initiates readers into the collection of grammatical sketches contained in the multiple volumes of the Handbook of American Indian Languages, underscoring critical issues of language in human cognition and its role in sociocultural variation.

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
ISBN: 9781496201546
Number of pages: 248
Dimensions: 203 x 133 mm
Edition: New Edition


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"Combined here are two classics on the nature of Native languages of North America: Boas's famous 1911 essay pointing to new methods of research and Powell's pioneering 1891 work on classification."-Scholarly Books in America
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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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