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A Huron-English/English-Huron dictionary (listing both words and noun and verb roots).


A Huron-English/English-Huron dictionary (listing both words and noun and verb roots).

Steckley, John.

Edwin Mellen Pr.


392 pages




Steckley (anthropology, Humber College), has studied the Huron language for more than 30 years. He has written what is considered the first comprehensive dictionary of the Huron language in over 250 years. The author primarily relied on the lexicographic work of French Jesuits during the 17th and 18th centuries and other published sources of the period. With a bit of tongue in cheek, Steckley notes that he has written a dictionary for a dead language. Why? He notes that there are a number of audiences, and not only archaeologists and historians. Many of the residents of communities in the U.S. and Canada where a version of the language once was spoken have an interest in their ancestry and its culture. In addition to dictionary listings of words and verb and noun roots, the book includes an analysis of the components of the Huron language and their functions.

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