The Prix Volney: Early Nineteenth-century Contributions to American Indian and General Linguistics: Du Ponceau and Rafinesque v. 2 : Early Nineteenth-century Contributions to General and Amerindian Linguistics: Du Ponceau and Rafinesque
In Volume II, the focus is on the authors who competed for the prize of 1835, the only year in which the theme of the contest was restricted to Amerindian (particularly Delaware) linguistics. The two competitors, Peter Stephen Du Ponceau and Constantine Samuel Rafinesque, both lived in the United States, but were of French and Swiss extraction and able to write their essays in French. R.H. Robins, of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, describes the life of Du Ponceau and his views on general linguistics and phonological theory as seen in his first Volney essay, for the competition of 1826, "Essai de solution du probleme philologique propose en 1823 par la Commission ...", which is published here for the first time. Pierre Swiggers, of the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium, introduces Du Ponceau's Amerindian researches and their relationship to contemporary scholarship. Then follows a reprint with annotations of Du Ponceau's famous "Memoire sur le systeme grammatical des langues de quelques nations indiennes de l'Amerique du Nord", published in 1838 and based upon his prizewinning 1835 Volney manuscript which is no longer extant.
- Hardback | 349 pages
- 160 x 243.8 x 27.9mm | 612.36g
- 30 Oct 2008
- Kluwer Academic Publishers
- Dordrecht, Netherlands, United States
- 2000 ed.
- 7 black & white illustrations, biography
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Table of contents
Volume II: Du Ponceau and General and American Indian Linguistics; R.H. Robins. Peter Stephen Du Ponceau: 'Essai de solution du probleme philologique propose en l'annee 1823 par la Commission de l'Institut Royal de France, chargee de la disposition du legs de M. Le Comte de Volney' (1825); R.H. Robins (ed.). Peter Stephen Du Ponceau's 'Memoire sur le systeme grammatical des langues de quelques nations indiennes de l'Amerique du Nord' (1838: In Search of a Typology of Grammatical Form); P. Swiggers. Peter Stephen Du Ponceau: Memoire sur le systeme grammatical des langues de quelques nations indiennes de l'Amerique du Nord' (1838). With notes and principal bibliographical references; P. Swiggers. The Other Candidate for the 1835 Volney Prize: Constantine Samuel Rafinesque; C. Boewe. Index