ERIC Number: ED471405
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
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Spirits & Family Relations.
O'Brien, Frank Waabu
This paper offers translations for about 300 names for spirits, relations, and kinships taken from the extinct American Indian languages of southeastern New England, Narragansett and Massachusett. Each section contains tables of three columns. On the left is the term being defined, as defined in the middle column, with useful comments on the right side. "Reconstructed" refers to a guess as to a word's meaning. The abbreviation "Narr." refers to the Narragansett language as recorded by Roger Williams (1643). The citation "Mayhew" refers to his unique letter of 1722, probably the only written description of the language given by a fluent speaker. The infinity symbol is used to refer to the sound "oo.""Native Spelling" means that old, original writings of a native speaker are quoted. The words in these languages for relations and relationships are very complex, not well-documented, and not well-understood. For example, the word "sister" may refer to many relations (a blood relation, a half-sister, a step-sister, or a foster sister). Pronunciation of the words is not attempted because of the scanty knowledge of this language. (Contains 16 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reference Materials - Vocabularies/Classifications
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Sponsor: Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, Providence.; Rhode Island Foundation, Providence.
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Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts