ERIC Number: ED339575
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
The Dog's Children: Anishinaabe Texts Told by Angeline Williams.
Bloomfield, Leonard, Ed.; Nichols, John D., Ed.
In 1941, Angeline Williams, an Anishinaabe elder taught the Ojibwa (Chippewa) language to a class at the Linguistic Institute at the University of North Carolina. Ojibwa is an American Indian language which was spoken as a chain of dialects in numerous communities from Quebec across the Great Lakes and into the plains of Saskatchewan. This text represents samples of speech, including the English translation, as dictated to the class and to the teaching staff. Words, sentences, simple anecdotes, and stories are provided for transcribing and analyzing an unwritten language. Much of the text deals with the Ojibwa trickster figure Nenabush, half-dog people, inter-tribal warfare, and buried treasures. Textual appendices include notes on the text which reflect corrections made by Bloomfield to the manuscripts and changes later introduced by Nichols. Also included are notes on the translations and modifications made by the editors. The lexical appendices includes the conversion of transcription that changes the spelling to the common alphabetic characters used in many Ojibwa language instruction programs in Canada and the United States. The book includes a glossary, with notes explaining how the entries are arranged and coded, and an English-Ojibwa index to the glossary. (LP)
Descriptors: American Indian Languages, Canada Natives, Descriptive Linguistics, Dialects, Higher Education, Language Research, Lexicology, Native Speakers, Ojibwa, Second Language Instruction, Structural Linguistics, Translation, Unwritten Languages
University of Toronto Press, 340 Nagei Drive, Cheektowaga, NY 14225 ($29.95 per copy or 20% discount for any quantity ordered for educational purposes).
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Learner; Multilingual/Bilingual Materials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Canadian Federation for the Humanities, Ottawa (Ontario).
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