ELL: Newly Published: American Languages in New France

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Evolution Publishing is pleased to announce publication of the inaugural
volume from the Annals of Colonial North America (ACNA) series:

Volume 1:

American Languages in New France
Extracts from the Jesuit Relations
Claudio R. Salvucci, ed.

     This volume collects valuable fragments of linguistic data and accounts
of Native language as used among the Algonquian and Iroquoian tribes of New
France from the 73 volume Jesuit Relations (1610 - 1790). Volume 1
synthesizes passages dealing with observations on the languages, the mutual
intelligibility and geographical extent of various dialects, the pidgins and
jargons which came into use as a result of cultural contact, and the use of
European languages such as French and Basque in native North America.
     This volume also includes several extended tracts in various Native
American languages, including Br├ębeuf's 1636 description of Huron grammar,
Lalemant's interlinear translation of a Huron prayer, Vimont's letter in
Algonquin, Le Jeune's description of Montagnais, and many others. A map
showing the location of the various missions and the approximate
distributions of the Native languages is also included, as well as three
useful appendices: a Native language concordance of the almost 1,600 Native
terms mentioned in the volume; a chart which assembles the various
observations about linguistic relationships found in the extracts and
compares them with a modern classification; and nearly 100 brief biographies
from the Thwaites edition of the Jesuits mentioned most prominently in the

June 2002 ~ 344pp. ~ 1 Map ~ 3 Appendices
clothbound ~ ISBN 1-889758-35-3 ~ US$75.00

Evolution Publishing is dedicated to preserving and consolidating early
primary source records of native and early colonial America with the goal of
making them more accessible and readily available to the academic community
and the public at large.

For further information on this and other titles in the ACNA series:


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