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Indian Linguistic Families Of America, North Of Me

John Wesley Powell

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .anguage not a hint is left and whose linguistic relations must ever remain unknown.

It is vain to grieve over neglected opportunities unless their contemplation stimulates us to utilize those at hand. There are yet many gaps to be filled, even in so elementary a part of the study as the classification of the tribes by language. As to the detailed study of the different linguistic families, the mastery and analysis of the languages composing them, and their comparison with one another and with the languages of other families, only a beginning has been made.

After the above statement it is hardly necessary to add that the accompanying map does not purport to represent final results. On the contrary, it is to be regarded as tentative, setting forth in visible form the results of investigation up to the present time, as a guide and aid to future effort.

Each of the colors or patterns upon the map represents a distinct linguistic family, the total n. . . Read More

Community Reviews

A student of linguistics who rates this book this year could conceivably give a rating of two or three stars, four if they are either generous or haven't read much literature in linguistic theories and history. For a student of philology, and particularly for a student of American Indian language...more

Written in 1911 and 1880 respectively. Interesting for the method of analysis and writing and probably for the content, though it is too technical for me.