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This is a translation of a comparative grammar of five Algonquian Native American languages first published in Dutch in 1910. Although too short to represent a comprehensive grammar of these languages, it treats most parts of speech and many of the most important morphological features of this language family. It has been expanded, corrected and improved in the form of translators notes based on much more recent material. It also includes many bibliographical resources for most of the Algonquian language family, geared towards comparative language learning. The two most widely spoken languages of this group, Ojibway (frequently spelled Chippewa, Ojibwa or Ojibwe) and Cree, are both examples of the close knit Central Algonquian group, while Micmac (also spelled Mi'kmaq and Mi'gmaw) and the extinct Natick belong to the Eastern group. The western Blackfoot is usually placed with the Plains Algonquian group, but it is the most divergent member of the family and has roughly as many speakers as Micmac.
An article written by C. C. Uhlenbeck, one year after he wrote this piece, contained a page of corrections to the Blackfoot that is represented in this book. This updated material is available at http://mundartpress.wordpress.com/2013/10/02/outline-for-a-comparativ/ It has been keyed [page and line] to this translation and there are instructions to find it at http://www.amazon.com/Outline-Comparative-Grammar-Algonquian-Languages/dp/0615384021/ref=sr_1_1/187-5080130-2786058?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1379096124&sr=1-1 , though the book is available from all Amazon sites. I urge any owner of this book to make a double sided insert from the updated material and slide it into their copy.
Author: C. C. Uhlenbeck
Translator: Joshua Jacob Snider
Title: Outline for a Comparative Grammar of Some Algonquian Languages: Ojibway, Cree, Micmac, Natick [Massachusett] and Blackfoot.
Publisher: Mundart Press
ISBN-13: 978-0-615-38402-3 [Paperback U.S. $10.95]
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