Academic journal article The Canadian Journal of Native Studies

Papers of the Thirty-Sixth Algonquian Conference

Academic journal article The Canadian Journal of Native Studies

Papers of the Thirty-Sixth Algonquian Conference

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Wolfart, H. C. (editor), Papers of the Thirty-sixth Algonquian Conference. Winnipeg: University of Manitoba, 2005. ix + 471 pp. ISBN 0831-5671 Paper $48.00.

This volume is made up of a collection of papers delivered at the Thirty-Sixth Algonquian Conference, held at the University of Wisconsin in October 2004. Of the fifty papers that were presented at the conference, twenty-two were chosen for the volume. Thirteen of these papers pertain to linguistics, four are historical, and the rest are divided among anthropology, ethnology, and ethnobotany.

A large number of articles are devoted to morphological analysis. Lisa Conathan, for example, looks at verbal reduplication in the Arapaho language. In addition, Phil Branigan, Julie Brittain, and Carrie Dyck describe the interaction of morphemes in the complex Algonquian verb, and in doing so, propose a completely transformational treatment of Algonquian verbal morphology. They suggest that the rich morphological structure of the Algonquian language allows ideas to be expressed within a single word (p. 91).

Historical linguistics is also given a great deal of attention. David Costa, in "The St. Jerome Dictionary of the Miami Illinois," gives a preliminary examination of the St. Jerome Dictionary, a Miami-Illinois manuscript that was likely compiled between 1696 and 1700 yet was only recently discovered in 1999. He begins with a general description of the manuscript and its contents, followed by speculation of its possible origins and its relation to other known Miami-Illinois dictionaries (p. 107).

Most of the historical and ethnohistorical articles focus on an analysis of material culture. Cathy Oberholtzer, for example, examines the material culture of the Mistassini Cree in order to determine whether it is local expression or part of a wider regional style. …

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