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By Marcus Tomalin

This formidable and ground-breaking ebook examines the linguistic experiences produced via missionaries in keeping with the Pacific Northwest Coast of North the United States (and really Haida Gwaii) throughout the past due 19th and early 20th centuries. Making huge use of unpublished archival fabrics, the writer demonstrates that the missionaries have been chargeable for introducing many cutting edge and insightful grammatical analyses.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 only adopting Graeco-Roman types, they drew generally upon stories of non-European languages, and a cautious exploration in their scripture translations show the origins of the Haida sociolect that emerged a result of missionary task. The advanced 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 this ebook attracts upon contemporary paintings in theoretical linguistics, non secular heritage, translation experiences, and anthropology, it emphasises the necessarily interdisciplinary nature of Missionary Linguistics examine.

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