And he knew our language: Missionary Linguistics on the by Marcus Tomalin

By Marcus Tomalin

This formidable and ground-breaking publication examines the linguistic reports produced by means of missionaries in accordance with the Pacific Northwest Coast of North the United States (and fairly Haida Gwaii) throughout the past due 19th and early 20th centuries. Making large use of unpublished archival fabrics, the writer demonstrates that the missionaries have been chargeable for introducing many cutting edge and insightful grammatical analyses. instead of basically adopting Graeco-Roman versions, they drew broadly upon reports of non-European languages, and a cautious exploration in their scripture translations display the origins of the Haida sociolect that emerged because of the missionary job. The complicated interactions among the missionaries and anthropologists also are mentioned, and it's proven that the previous occasionally expected linguistic analyses which are now incorrectly attributed to the latter. considering that this ebook attracts upon fresh paintings in theoretical linguistics, non secular historical past, translation experiences, and anthropology, it emphasises the necessarily interdisciplinary nature of Missionary Linguistics study.

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Although he included this linguistic information in his 'Narrative', Hoskins ended his discussion of the language with the words '[b]ut to return from this digression if so it may be called' (Howay 1969: 237). He knew that most of his readers were more concerned with seaotter pelts than with participles. Nonetheless, his brief notes are useful, mainly because, as Enrico has rather ruefully observed, '[l]anguage use by the Haidas in contact situations in the 19th century has not been a focus of investigation' (Enrico 2003:4).

Studies of this kind helped to move the linguistic analysis of Haida away from a Swantonesque framework towards a more contemporary formulation, and, by undermining the centrality of traditional notions such as 'subject' and 'objecf, Eastman and others began to view Haida from fresh perspectives. As the 1980s began, the main research into Haida linguistics was still being produced by the specialists who had emerged during the 1970s, especially Edwards and Eastman, and the pattern of revisionist reanalysis continued.

12. Chapter 1. Introduction the substantial audio archives will ensure that the language survives in recorded form (at least), even if the day should come when there are no speakers left. 1). This means that it is closely related to Haisla and Heiltsuk-Oowekyala. Specifically, Kwak'wala is spoken by groups living around Alert Bay, Port Hardy, and Fort Rupert. There are two main dialect clusters, though the existing varieties appear to have become more homogenous during the post-contact period (Goodfellow 2005: 37-39).

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