A selection of materials for learning Algonquian languages (Ojibway, Cree, Micmac, Natick/Massachusett, and Blackfoot).
by Joshua Jacob Snider & Christian Cornelius Uhlenbeck
- This is a translation of a comparative grammar of five Algonquian languages first published in Dutch in 1910. It has been expanded, corrected and improved in the form of translators notes based on much more recent and complete material. It also includes many bibliographical resources for most of the Algonquian language family, which are geared towards comparative language learning methods.
The two most widely spoken languages of this group, Ojibway (a.k.a. Chippewa, Ojibwa or Ojibwe) and Cree, are both examples of the close knit Central Algonquian group, while Micmac and the extinct Natick belong to the Eastern group. The western Blackfoot is usually placed with the Plains Algonquian group, but it it is the most divergent member of the entire family and has roughly as many speakers as Micmac.
by James Constantine Pilling
- This book was first published in 1891. However, the vast majority of primary source materials, in many Algonquian languages, had already been written down by that time. Therefore, this work still has a lot of relevance, to anyone interested in studying this fascinating subject.
by Brian Swann
- contains background information and new translations of songs and stories reaching back to the seventeenth century. Drawing from Arapaho, Blackfeet, Cheyenne, Cree, Delaware, Maliseet, Menominee, Meskwaki, Miami-Illinois, Mi'kmaq, Naskapi, Ojibwe, Passamaquoddy, Potawatomi, and Shawnee, the collection gathers a host of respected and talented singers, storytellers, historians, anthropologists, linguists, and tribal educators, both Native and non-Native, from the United States and Canada - all working together to orchestrate a single, complex performance of the Algonquian languages.
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