Featured Linguist!

Jost Gippert: Our Featured Linguist!

"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more

Donate Now | Visit the Fund Drive Homepage

Amount Raised:


Still Needed:


Can anyone overtake Syntax in the Subfield Challenge ?

Grad School Challenge Leader: University of Washington

Publishing Partner: Cambridge University Press CUP Extra Publisher Login
amazon logo
More Info

New from Oxford University Press!


What is English? And Why Should We Care?

By: Tim William Machan

To find some answers Tim Machan explores the language's present and past, and looks ahead to its futures among the one and a half billion people who speak it. His search is fascinating and important, for definitions of English have influenced education and law in many countries and helped shape the identities of those who live in them.

New from Cambridge University Press!


Medical Writing in Early Modern English

Edited by Irma Taavitsainen and Paivi Pahta

This volume provides a new perspective on the evolution of the special language of medicine, based on the electronic corpus of Early Modern English Medical Texts, containing over two million words of medical writing from 1500 to 1700.

Book Information


Title: Missionary Linguistics II / Lingüística misionera II
Subtitle: Orthography and Phonology. Selected papers from the Second International Conference on Missionary Linguistics, São Paulo, 10-13 March 2004
Edited By: Otto Zwartjes
Cristina Altman
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=SiHoLS%20109
Series Title: Studies in the History of the Language Sciences 109

This is the second volume to be dedicated to the pioneering linguistic work
produced by the religious missionaries who, within the scope of the
European colonial enterprises along the period 1550–1850, described dozens
of autochthonous languages, many of which are only known today thanks to
their endeavours. The twelve papers joint in the present volume - which
dedicated a special attention to the orthographical and phonological
dimension of their work - provide a comprehensive picture of the
descriptive problems faced by these linguists avant la lettre, notably: the
difficulties faced before the less familiar features of these languages,
such as vowel quantity, accentuation, tonality, nasalization,
glottalization, 'gutturalization'; the building of (re)definitions and the
creation of a new metalanguage, like 'saltillo', 'guturaciones', etc.; the
creativity and innovations proposed by individual missionaries and the
instructive and pedagogical dimension of their work.

Table of contents

Introduction and Acknowledgements 1

Part I. New Spain/ Nueva España
Phonological Description in New Spain
Thomas C. Smith-Stark 3

Tarascan Orthography in the 16th Century: The Franciscan Sources of
Inspiration and their Analysis
Cristina Monzón 65

La representación escritural del maya de Yucatán desde la época
prehispánica hasta la colonia: proyecciones hacia el siglo XXI
Ramón Arzápalo Marín 89

Traducción, préstamos y teoría del lenguaje: La práctica transcultural de
los lingüistas misioneros en el México del siglo XVI
Klaus Zimmermann 107

Part II. South America/ América del Sur
Fonología y ortografía de las lenguas indígenas de América del Sur a la luz
de los primeros misioneros gramáticos
Julio Calvo Pérez 137

How Was Mochica Being Pronounced?
Even Hovdhaugen 171

Cholón Sounds Reconstructed: A symbol analysis
Astrid Alexander-Bakkerus 181

Arte de gramática da língua mais usada na costa do Brasil: A criterion for
Yonne de Freitas Leite 191

Part III. Asia
The Adaptation of the European Polyglot Dictionary of Calepino in Japan:
Dictionarium Latino Lusitanicum, ac Iaponicum (1595)
Emi Kishimoto 205

Las ligaturas en las gramáticas misioneras filipinas del siglo XVIII
Emilio Ridruejo 225

Análisis del Arte de la lengua Pangasinán (1690) de Fray Andrés López
Joaqun Sueiro Justel 247

Phonetic Spellings in Historical Context vs Idiolect: Two Japanese grammars
by João Rodriguez Tçûzu and his holograph documents
Masayuki Toyoshima 273

Addresses of Contributors / Direcciones de autores 281
Index of Biographical Names / Índice de nombres biográficos 283
Index of Grammatical (and linguistic) Terms/Índice de términos gramaticales
(y lingüísticos 287

Publication Year: 2005
Publisher: John Benjamins
Review: Not available for review. If you would like to review a book on The LINGUIST List, please login to view the AFR list.
BibTex: View BibTex record
Linguistic Field(s): Phonology
Writing Systems
History of Linguistics
Subject Language(s): Cholón
Issue: All announcements sent out by The LINGUIST List are emailed to our subscribers and archived with the Library of Congress.
Click here to see the original emailed issue.

Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027246009
ISBN-13: 9789027246004
Pages: vi, 292
Prices: U.S. $ 155
Europe EURO 115.00