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The most comprehensive authority on placenames of American Indian origin

American Indian words define the North American landscape. This volume combines historical research and linguistic fieldwork with Native speakers from across the United States to present the first comprehensive, up-to-date scholarly dictionary of American placenames derived from Native languages.

Accomplished linguist William Bright assembled a team of twelve editorial consultantsand#151;experts in Native American languagesand#151;and many other contributors to prepare this lexicon of eleven thousand placenames along with their etymologies. Brightand#8217;s introduction explains his methodology and the contents of each entry. New data from leading scholars makes this volume an invaluable reference for students of American Indian culture, folklore, and local history.

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Bright (linguistics and anthropology, UCLA; linguistics, U. of Colorado, Boulder) presents a dictionary of the origins of some 11,000 placenames used in English that have American Indian origins or associations. It is the first such reference work to cover all 49 states of the mainland U.S. The work began with data from existing publications, to which the author has added authoritative information on the origins of the words, based on current field research by a team of 12 anthropological linguists specializing in Native American languages and native speakers of those languages. Each entry includes the headword as spelled in the Geographical Names Information System, geographic location(s) of the placename, pronunciation, and etymology. The entries are alphabetically arranged; a geographic index in subsequent editions would be useful. For librarians, and students and scholars of American Indian culture, folklore, and local history. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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The most comprehensive authority on placenames of American Indian origin

About the Author

William Bright was Professor of Linguistics and Anthropology at UCLA and served as the editor of the journals Language, Language in Society, and Written Language and Literacy. He also edited the International Encyclopedia of Linguistics and The World?s Writing Systems

Product Details

ISBN:
9780806135984
Author:
Bright, William
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Location:
Norman
Subject:
United states
Subject:
History, Local
Subject:
Etymology
Subject:
Names, geographical
Subject:
Names, Indian.
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - Native American Studies
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
United States History, Local.
Subject:
Names, Geographical -- United States.
Subject:
Linguistics - Etymology
Subject:
Native American Studies
Subject:
Native American-General Native American Studies
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series Volume:
67 (suppl. 2)
Publication Date:
20070731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
4 maps
Pages:
608
Dimensions:
10 x 7 x 1.59 in 2.42 lb

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