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Title: Missionary Linguistics/Lingüística misionera
Subtitle: Selected papers from the First International Conference on Missionary Linguistics, Oslo, 13–16 March 2003
Edited By: Otto Zwartjes
Even Hovdhaugen
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=SiHoLS%20106
Series Title: Studies in the History of the Language Sciences 106

When the first European missionaries arrived on other continents, it was decided that the indigenous languages would be used as the means of christianization. There emerged the need to produce grammars and dictionaries of those languages. The study of this linguistic material has so far not received sufficient attention in the field of linguistic historiography. This volume is the first published collection of papers on missionary linguistics world-wide; it represents the insights of recent research, containing an introduction and papers on methodology, meta-historiography, the historical and cultural background. The book contains studies about early-modern linguistic works written in Spanish,
Portuguese, English and French, describing among others indigenous languages from North America and Australia, Maya, uechua, Xhosa, Japanese,
Kapampangan, and Visaya. Topics dealt with include: innovations of individual missionaries in lexicography, grammatical analysis, phonology, morphology, or syntax; creativity in descriptive techniques; differences and/or similarities of works from different continents, and different religious backgrounds (Catholic or Protestant).

Table of contents

Otto Zwartjes and Even Hovdhaugen 1

Metahistoriography, methodology and general subjects/ Metahistografía, metodología y temas generales

La construcción del objeto de la historiografía de la lingüística misionera
Klaus Zimmermann 7

The Social Roots of Missionary Linguistics
Nicholas Ostler 33

North America (north of Mexico) / América del norte

Notes on Missionary Linguistics in North America
E.F.K. Koerner 47

Latin America/ América latina

Los misioneros españoles y el estudio de las lenguas mayas
Hans-Josef Niederehe 81

Las perífrasis verbales en la Gramática quechua de Diego González Holguín (1607)
Julio Calvo Pérez 93

Africa/ África

Colonization and Linguistic Representation: British Methodist Grammarians'
Approaches to Xhosa (1834-1850)
Rachael Gilmour 113


Linguistic Studies by Portuguese Jesuits in Sixteenth and Seventeenth
Century Japan
Toru Maruyama 141

La categoría de los 'adverbios pronominales' en el Arte de la lengua japona (1738) de Melchor Oyanguren de Santa Inés
Eun Mi Bae 161

La primitiva tradición gramatical sobre el pampango
Emilio Ridruejo 179

Notas de lexicografía hispano-filipina: El Bocabulario de lengua bisaya, hiligueyna y haraya de la isla de Panay y Sugbu y para las demas islas, de fray Alonso Méntrida, OSA (ca. 1637)
Joaquín García-Medall 201

El papel de los misioneros en la descripción de lenguas asiáticas por
Lorenzo Hervás y Panduro (1735-1809) 233


Lancelot Threlkeld and Missionary Linguistics in Australia to 1850
Hilary M. Carey 253

Addresses of contributors/ Direcciones de autores 277

Index of Biographical Names/ Índice de autores 279

Index of Grammatical (and linguistical) Terms/ Índice de términos gramaticales y lingüísticos 283

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
History of Linguistics
Anthropological Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 158811581X
ISBN-13: 9781588115812
Pages: vi, 288 pp.
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ISBN: 9027245975
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Pages: vi, 288 pp.
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