A Grammar and Dictionary of the Timucua Language

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Taken from the surviving contemporary documentary sources, Julian Granberry's volume describes the grammar and lexicon for the extinct 17th-century Timucua language of Central and North Florida and traces the origins of the 17th-century Timucua speakers and their language. Originally privately published in 1987, with limited circulation, this is the only available publication on the Timucuan language. It provides full grammatical analysis and complete lexical data, and it synthesizes both linguistic and ...

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Overview

Taken from the surviving contemporary documentary sources, Julian Granberry's volume describes the grammar and lexicon for the extinct 17th-century Timucua language of Central and North Florida and traces the origins of the 17th-century Timucua speakers and their language. Originally privately published in 1987, with limited circulation, this is the only available publication on the Timucuan language. It provides full grammatical analysis and complete lexical data, and it synthesizes both linguistic and archaeological data in order to provide a coherent picture of the Timucua peoples. Granberry traces the probable historical origins of Timucua speakers to a central Amazonian homeland at approximately 2,500 B.C. and proposes that Timucua speakers were responsible for introducing ceramic wares into North America.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Granberry's volume is a remarkably comprehensive treatment of the Timucuan language and will undoubtedly stand as a classic reference for linguists, ethnohistorians, and archaeologists alike. He has done a commendable job of compiling, synthesizing, and preserving what little evidence remains of this now-extinct Native American language, finishing a task begun by Spanish friars nearly four centuries ago."
&#151John E. Worth, Fernbank Museum of Natural History

"Ought to be on the shelf of anyone interested in the Timucua and Native American languages of the region. . . . The grammatical sketch and dictionary are perhaps the most valuable parts of the book. . . . The dictionary is extensive and an invaluable aid to anyone trying to understand the grammar of the Timucua sources."
—Southeastern Archaeology

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Originally published privately in 1987 (with limited circulation), and here revised for the second time. Draws on surviving contemporary documentary sources to describe the grammar and lexicon of the language spoken by the Timucua people, who, until their extinction in the 17th century, inhabited central Alabama, north and central Florida, and south and central Georgia. Also synthesizes linguistic and archaeological data to trace the origins of the Timucua people. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780817307042
  • Publisher: University of Alabama Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1993
  • Edition description: 2
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,500,430
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Julian Granberry is the Language Coordinator for Native American Language Services in Florida and author of numerous publications, including A Grammar and Dictionary of the Timucua Language and The Americas That Might Have Been: Native American Social Systems through Time.

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