Languages of the Pre-Columbian Antilles

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This work formulates a testable hypothesis of the origins and migration patterns of the aboriginal peoples of the Greater Antilles, the Lucayan Islands, the Virgin Islands, and the northernmost of the Leeward Islands, prior to European contact. Using archaeological data as corroboration, the authors synthesize evidence that has been available in scattered locales for more than 500 years but which has never before been correlated and critically examined.
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Overview

This work formulates a testable hypothesis of the origins and migration patterns of the aboriginal peoples of the Greater Antilles, the Lucayan Islands, the Virgin Islands, and the northernmost of the Leeward Islands, prior to European contact. Using archaeological data as corroboration, the authors synthesize evidence that has been available in scattered locales for more than 500 years but which has never before been correlated and critically examined.
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" . . . A 'must have' for the reference shelf and a thought provoking study for a growing number of people who are interested in finding out all they can about the Taino and other indigenous peoples of the Caribbean, and not just a book for Caribbean linguists, archaeologists, and historians."
—H-NET BOOK REVIEW

"The meat of the book is its linguistic analysis supporting a model of the colonization of the Antilles, along with an ethnohistorical analysis, both of which present fresh material and ideas unavailable elsewhere and which correct errors that are still in the literature."

—Vernon J. Knight Jr., The University of Alabama

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780817314163
  • Publisher: University of Alabama Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2004
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Julian Granberry is Language Coordinator with Native American Language Services in Florida and author of numerous publications, including A Grammar and Dictionary of the Timucua Language. Gary S. Vescelius was the second Territorial Archaeologist of the U.S. Virgin Islands before his death in 1982.

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Table of Contents

1 The pre-Columbian Antilles : an overview of research and sources 1
2 The languages of the Greater Antilles : a documentary view 7
3 Anomalous non-Taino language data from the Greater Antilles 26
4 The primary archaeological correlates of language data from the Greater Antilles and their outliers 39
5 Languages of the Greater Antilles : a working hypothesis 48
6 The languages of the Lesser Antilles and their archaeological correlates 51
7 The toponymic method and the derivation of Taino morphemes (with a note on Macoris and Ciboney Taino toponyms) 63
8 Toponyms and the settlement of the Lucayan Islands : a methodological test 80
9 Some principles of Taino grammar 87
10 A short lexicon of Taino morphemes and lexical forms 100
11 Antillean languages : an afterview 123
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