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The Prix Volney: Early Nineteenth-century Contributions to General and Amerindian Linguistics: Du Ponceau and Rafinesque

The Prix Volney: Early Nineteenth-century Contributions to General and Amerindian Linguistics: Du Ponceau and Rafinesque (Paperback)

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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.

EducationLanguages with Grant & CutlerLearning & Reference By SubjectLanguages with Grant & CutlerLinguisticsPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesCultural StudiesPopular culture Publisher: Springer Publication Date: 29/02/2000 ISBN-13: 9789401057769  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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