ERIC Number: ED422717
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Ancient Aleut Personal Names: Kadaangim Asangin/Asangis. Materials from the Billings Expedition, 1790-1792.
Bergsland, Knut, Ed.
An analysis of Aleut personal names is presented, derived from census data obtained during a 1790-1792 scientific expedition to the Aleutian Islands. The census contained about 1,500 different Aleut male names from 66 villages, listed alphabetically and interpreted here. Some identifiable female names are also included. The work also provides insight into Aleut culture and values. An introductory section provides background about the expedition, the finding of the manuscripts containing the census information, issues in interpretation of the manuscript data (including spelling variations), an analysis of formal aspects of Aleut names (one-word and phrasal names, word classes and construction, dialectal features, foreign elements), different accounts of naming customs, and a tentative semantic classification of names as referring to human beings, nature, subsistence, social relations, and other elements. The corpus of names is then presented by location. Names are also indexed, and a map of Aleut communities is included. (MSE)
Descriptors: Alaska Natives, Eskimo Aleut Languages, Family (Sociological Unit), Females, Kinship, Language Patterns, Language Research, Males, Onomastics, Semantics, Sociocultural Patterns, Structural Analysis (Linguistics)
Alaska Native Language Center, University of Alaska, P.O. Box 757680, Fairbanks, AK 99775-7680.
Publication Type: Books; Reference Materials - Vocabularies/Classifications; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alaska Univ., Fairbanks. Alaska Native Language Center.