Academic journal article British Journal of Canadian Studies

Papers of the Thirty-Fourth Algonquian Conference

Academic journal article British Journal of Canadian Studies

Papers of the Thirty-Fourth Algonquian Conference

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H.C. Wolfart (ed.), Papers of the Thirty-Fourth Algonquian Conference (Winnipeg: Department of Linguistics, University of Manitoba, 2003), x + 399pp. Paper. $48. ISSN 0031-5671.

An extended review of the previous three volumes in this series of annual conference proceedings appeared in the British Journal of Canadian Studies 16.2 (2003). Like its immediate predecessors, the Thirty-Fourth reflects the topical diversity, high quality and originality of a surprisingly large, multi-discipline but cohesive group of Canadian and American scholars sharing interests in the culture and languages of the Algonquian peoples. Almost all are universitybased. In addition to the twenty-two published papers, a further thirty-five were given at the 2002 Conference held in Hamilton, Ontario. More than two thirds were presented by Canada-based scholars and focused on Canadian Algonquian peoples, past or present. This balance is reflected in the papers selected for publication.

The papers on Canadian topics are of three types: formal linguistics (for example, 'Demonstratives in East Cree'); historical linguistics (for example, 'Historical Literacy in Manitoulin Island Ojibwe'); and cultural/historical. The latter group includes a comparison of British and United States treaties with Algonquian peoples. …

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