Languages of the Pre-Columbian Antilles

Languages of the Pre-Columbian Antilles

by Julian Granberry, Gary Vescelius


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Languages of the Pre-Columbian Antilles by Julian Granberry, Gary Vescelius

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780817351236
Publisher: University of Alabama Press
Publication date: 08/28/2004
Edition description: 1
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.60(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

List of Figuresvii
List of Tablesix
1.The Pre-Columbian Antilles: An Overview of Research and Sources1
2.The Languages of the Greater Antilles: A Documentary View7
3.Anomalous Non-Taino Language Data from the Greater Antilles26
4.The Primary Archaeological Correlates of Language Data from the Greater Antilles and Their Outliers39
5.Languages of the Greater Antilles: A Working Hypothesis48
6.The Languages of the Lesser Antilles and Their Archaeological Correlates51
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 Test80
9.Some Principles of Taino Grammar87
10.A Short Lexicon of Taino Morphemes and Lexical Forms100
11.Antillean Languages: An Afterview123

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