New Voices for Old Words: Algonquian Oral Literatures - Studies in the Anthropology of North American Indians (Hardback)David J. Costa (editor)
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Covering the northeast United States, eastern Canada, the Great Lakes region, and the Great Plains, the Algonquian languages represented in New Voices for Old Words include Gros Ventre, Peoria, Arapaho, Meskwaki, Munsee-Delaware, Potawatomi, and Sauk. All of these languages are either endangered or have lost their last speakers; for several of them no Native text has ever been published. This volume presents case studies in examining and applying such principles as ethnopoetics to the analysis of traditional texts in several languages of the Algic language family. These studies show how much valuable linguistic and folkloric information can be recovered from older texts, much of it information that is no longer obtainable from living sources. The result is a groundbreaking exploration of Algonquian oral traditions that are given a new voice for a new generation.
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Number of pages: 558
Weight: 825 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 35 mm
"These carefully edited texts, in eight Algonquian languages no longer widely spoken, show how premodern records can be made accessible to readers interested in the traditional narratives and linguistic styles of an earlier time. They provide models for future philological studies as well as reliable data on some little-known languages."-David H. Pentland, professor of Algonquian studies at the University of Manitoba -- David H. Pentland