This book "asserts that the origin and spread of languages must be examined primarily through the time-tested techniques of linguistic analysis, rather than those of evolutionary biology" and "defends traditional practices in historical linguistics while remaining open to new techniques, including computational methods" and "will appeal to readers interested in world history and world geography."
The earliest written examples of the Minsi dialect of Delaware or Lenape are collected here. The bulk of this volume consists of Rev. John Heckewelder's Minsi vocabulary, collected in the late 1700's and totaling 100 entries. Also included are a number of scattered linguistic fragments collected from Minsi tribes such as the Manhattans and Hackensacks from 1630 through 1798.
The American Language Reprints (ALR) series is dedicated to preserving and consolidating early primary source records of Native American languages with the goal of making them more accessible and readily available to the academic community. For a complete listing of the series, visit: http://www.evolpub.com/ALR/ALRbooks.html