LINGUIST List 32.1021

Fri Mar 19 2021

Books: Anthology of Menominee Sayings: Guile

Editor for this issue: Billy Dickson <>

Date: 14-Mar-2021
From: Ulrich Lueders <>
Subject: Anthology of Menominee Sayings: Guile
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Title: Anthology of Menominee Sayings
Subtitle: Texts & Grammar
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in Native American Linguistics 41 (2nd ed.)
Published: 2021
Publisher: Lincom GmbH

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Author: Timothy Guile
Hardback: ISBN: 9783969390313 Pages: 516 Price: Europe EURO 158.00

Editor's Note: This is a new edition of a previously announced title.

Anthology of Menominee Sayings is the result of seven years of field work (conducted during the 1980's) with about half a dozen speakers of one of Wisconsin's indigenous Algonquian languages. The anthology, consisting of some 450 short pieces of Menominee oral tradition, contains weather rules, conventions and taboos surrounding hunting and fishing, wisdom on the conduct of life, and omens predicting good or ill. The texts, therefore, tell of the community's interest in the contour of life from its inception to its preservation and eventual demise. Each text is accompanied by an English translation and, where necessary, explanatory linguistic and cultural notes.

The notes take Bloomfield's grammatical description and lexicon of Menominee as a point of comparison, and indicate phonetic, phonological, morphological, syntactic and semantic departures from the state of the language as described by him. The text is useful to students of culture, folklore, Native American studies, as well as historical and descriptive linguistics.

The volume concludes with a short descriptive grammar focusing on phonology, morphology and syntax.

Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation
Language Family(ies): Algonquian

Written In: English (eng)

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