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Query:   First Acquisition of North American Aboriginal Languages
Author:  Mary Marino
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Linguistic LingField(s):   Language Acquisition

Summary:   Regarding Query: http://linguistlist.org/issues/17/17-2584.html#1

This is a follow-up to my query regarding first acquisition of native North
American languages. I had a number of responses, and I wish to thank
Shanley Allen, David Beck, Julie Brittain, Seth Cable, Martha Crago,
Norbert Francis, Patricia Kwachka, Felicia Lee, Bob Rankin (from an earlier
query), Keren Rice, Naomi Shin, Mary Swift and Karl Teeter. There is more
out there than one might have thought.

I am preparing a bibliography of published work and project web-sites which
I will be happy to share with interested persons. Since LinguistList
cannot accept attachments, please contact me at the following address:
marino@sask.usask.ca. I would be delighted to receive more information; I
will be working on this for several more weeks.

LL Issue: 17.2733
Date Posted: 25-Sep-2006
Original Query: Read original query


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