Missionary Linguistics/Linguistica Misionera

Missionary Linguistics/Linguistica Misionera : Selected Papers from the First International Conference on Missionary Linguistics, Oslo, 13-16 March 2003

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When the first European missionaries arrived on other continents, it was decided that the indigenous languages would be used as the means of christianization. There emerged the need to produce grammars and dictionaries of those languages. The study of this linguistic material has so far not received sufficient attention in the field of linguistic historiography. This volume is the first published collection of papers on missionary linguistics world-wide; it represents the insights of recent research, containing an introduction and papers on methodology, meta-historiography, the historical and cultural background. The book contains studies about early-modern linguistic works written in Spanish, Portuguese, English and French, describing among others indigenous languages from North America and Australia, Maya, Quechua, Xhosa, Japanese, Kapampangan, and Visaya. Topics dealt with include: innovations of individual missionaries in lexicography, grammatical analysis, phonology, morphology, or syntax; creativity in descriptive techniques; differences and/or similarities of works from different continents, and different religious backgrounds (Catholic or Protestant).show more

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  • Hardback | 296 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.1 x 22.9mm | 498.96g
  • John Benjamins Publishing Co
  • Benjamins (John) North America Inc.,US
  • Netherlands
  • English, Spanish
  • Bilingual edition
  • Bilingual
  • 158811581X
  • 9781588115812

Table of contents

1. Introduction (by Zwartjes, Otto); 2. Metahistoriography, methodology and general subjects/ Metahistografia, metodologia y temas generales; 3. La construccion del objeto de la historiografia de la linguistica misionera (by Zimmermann, Klaus); 4. The Social Roots of Missionary Linguistics (by Ostler, Nicholas); 5. North America (north of Mexico) / America del norte; 6. Notes on Missionary Linguistics in North America (by Koerner, E.F.K.); 7. Latin America/ America latina; 8. Los misioneros espanoles y el estudio de las lenguas mayas (by Niederehe, Hans-Josef); 9. Las perifrasis verbales en la Gramatica quechua de Diego Gonzalez Holguin (1607) (by Calvo Perez, Julio); 10. Africa/ Africa; 11. Colonization and Linguistic Representation: British Methodist Grammarians' Approaches to Xhosa (1834-1850) (by Gilmour, Rachael); 12. Asia; 13. Linguistic Studies by Portuguese Jesuits in Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century Japan (by Maruyama, Toru); 14. La categoria de los 'adverbios pronominales' en el Arte de la lengua japona (1738) de Melchor Oyanguren de Santa Ines (by Mi Bae, Eun); 15. La primitiva tradicion gramatical sobre el pampango (by Ridruejo, Emilio); 16. Notas de lexicografia hispano-filipina: El Bocabulario de lengua bisaya, hiligueyna y haraya de la isla de Panay y Sugbu y para las demas islas, de fray Alonso Mentrida, OSA (ca. 1637) (by Garcia-Medall, Joaquin); 17. El papel de los misioneros en la descripcion de lenguas asiaticas por Lorenzo Hervas y Panduro (1735-1809) (by Fuertes Gutierrez, Mara); 18. Australia; 19. Lancelot Threlkeld and Missionary Linguistics in Australia to 1850 (by Carey, Hilary M.); 20. Addresses of contributors/ Direcciones de autores; 21. Index of Biographical Names/ Indice de autores; 22. Index of Grammatical (and linguistical) Terms/ Indice de terminos gramaticales y linguisticosshow more