ERIC Number: ED038651
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
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Salish Language and Culture. A Statistical Analysis of Internal Relationships, History, and Evolution. Indiana University Publications, Language Science Monographs, Volume 3.
Jorgensen, Joseph G.
In this study the languages and culture of the Salish Indians of the northwestern United States are used to examine some of the relationships which obtain between language and culture. An introductory chapter provides justification for the study and discusses the statistical methodology used. In Chapter II the history of the Salish languages is inferred from the percentage of cognates shared among languages, rank order of consonant phonemes and geographic distribution, as well as from a contact interval analysis in which controls are exercised for geographic propinquity or distance, mountain barriers and languages spoken. The relationship between technological change and change in the technological lexicon is also dealt with. Chapter III applies the same analytical methods used in Chapter II to Salish culture. Chapter IV then uses the analyses of the preceding chapters in order to explore the relationship between language and culture and to reach some general conclusions about the extent to which close cultural relations between Salish tribes are reflected in language closeness. Appendices give a detailed explanation of the statistical methodology and present the data used in the study. (FWB)
Descriptors: American Indian Culture, American Indian Languages, Computer Programs, Consonants, Diachronic Linguistics, Induction, Interdisciplinary Approach, Phonemes, Religion, Salish, Sociocultural Patterns, Statistical Analysis, Technological Advancement, Vocabulary
Publications, Research Center for the Language Sciences, Patton House, Indiana Univ., Bloomington, Indiana 47401 ($9.00); Mouton & Co., Publishers, The Hague, The Netherlands
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