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The Resource New World Babel : languages and nations in early America, Edward G. Gray

New World Babel : languages and nations in early America, Edward G. Gray

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New World Babel : languages and nations in early America
Title
New World Babel
Title remainder
languages and nations in early America
Statement of responsibility
Edward G. Gray
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
New World Babel is an innovative cultural and intellectual history of the languages spoken by the native peoples of North America from the earliest era of European conquest through the beginning of the nineteenth century. By focusing on different aspects of the Euro-American response to indigenous speech, Edward Gray illuminates the ways in which Europeans' changing understanding of "language" shaped their relations with Native Americans. The work also brings to light something no other historian has treated in any sustained fashion: early America was a place of enormous linguistic diversity, with acute social and cultural problems associated with multilingualism. Beginning with the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and using rarely seen first-hand accounts of colonial missionaries and administrators, the author shows that European explorers and colonists generally regarded American-Indian languages, like all languages, as a divine endowment that bore only a superficial relationship to the distinct cultures of speakers. By relating these accounts to thinkers like Locke, Adam Smith, Jefferson, and others who sought to incorporate their findings into a broader picture of human development, he demonstrates how, during the eighteenth century, this perception gave way to the notion that language was a human innovation, and, as such, reflected the apparent social and intellectual differences of the world's peoples. The book is divided into six chronological chapters, each focusing on different aspects of the Euro-American response to indigenous languages. New World Babel will fascinate historians, anthropologists, and linguists--anyone interested in the history of literacy, print culture, and early ethnological thought. Originally published in 1999. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905
Cataloging source
E7B
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1964-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Gray, Edward G.
Index
index present
Language note
In English
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Princeton legacy library
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  • Indians of North America
  • Language and languages
  • Language and culture
  • North America
  • HISTORY
  • LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES
  • Indians of North America
  • Language and culture
  • Language and languages
  • Language and languages
  • North America
Label
New World Babel : languages and nations in early America, Edward G. Gray
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 169-179) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Chapter IV. The Savage Word
  • Chapter V. Science of the Vanished
  • Chapter VI. An American Poetics
  • Conclusion
  • Select Bibliography
  • Index
  • Frontmatter
  • Contents
  • Illustrations
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Chapter I. New World Babel
  • Chapter II. Language and Conversion
  • Chapter III. The Burden of Translation
Control code
ocn889252887
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (200 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781400864966
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
10.1515/9781400864966
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt737dxs
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)889252887
Label
New World Babel : languages and nations in early America, Edward G. Gray
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 169-179) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Chapter IV. The Savage Word
  • Chapter V. Science of the Vanished
  • Chapter VI. An American Poetics
  • Conclusion
  • Select Bibliography
  • Index
  • Frontmatter
  • Contents
  • Illustrations
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Chapter I. New World Babel
  • Chapter II. Language and Conversion
  • Chapter III. The Burden of Translation
Control code
ocn889252887
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (200 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781400864966
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
10.1515/9781400864966
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt737dxs
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)889252887

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