Academic journal article British Journal of Canadian Studies

Papers of the Thirty-Fifth Algonquian Conference

Academic journal article British Journal of Canadian Studies

Papers of the Thirty-Fifth Algonquian Conference

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H.C. Wolfart (ed.), Papers of the Thirty-fifth Algonquian Conference (Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 2004), x + 434pp. Paper. $48. ISSN 0031-5671-35.

The Thirty-fifth Algonquian Conference took place in October 2003 at the University of Western Ontario and 22 of the 59 papers presented are published in the proceedings. Held annually, the Algonquian Conference [http://ww.umanitoba.ca/algonquian] brings together scholars working in a diverse range of disciplines, including archaeology, education, history, linguistics, material culture, politics and religion, whose research focuses on the experiences of Algonquian peoples both historically and in the present. As with many of the recent Algonquian Conferences, at the thirty-fifth meeting there was a strong emphasis on papers concerning language and linguistics, and this is reflected in the published proceedings. In this instance, half the papers concern research in these areas, and include topics as varied as language structure (such as papers by Denny, LeSourd and Shields) and the use of technology to represent Native languages on the World Wide Web (Harvey).

Wolfart's preface explains that two key topics stand out: firstly, the internal syntax of noun phrases; and secondly, the persistent attack on the lands of First Nations peoples of northern Ontario on the part of colonial agents. …

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