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William Churchill's essay on roots in Polynesian language, challenging the Euro-centric scholarship of traditional linguistics.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
Availability: In stock
SKU (ISBN): 978-1-60724-636-7
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Publication Status: In Print
Series: Analecta Gorgiana 387
Publication Date: Sep 23,2009
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 32
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-60724-636-7
$37.00
Your price: $25.90

William Churchill was consul general at the American embassy in Samoa where he became intrigued by the languages spoken in the South Sea Islands. In his time linguistics was largely concerned with Indo-European and Semitic languages, largely neglecting anything spoken outside of the Western world. This paper marks the beginning of the shift in linguistics away from a Euro-centric view of language to a more universal methodology and likewise documents the Polynesian languages prior to greater Western involvement in the wake of the second World War. Linguists will find this a key work, and also interesting coming as it does from an author outside the normal walks of academia.

William Churchill was consul general at the American embassy in Samoa where he became intrigued by the languages spoken in the South Sea Islands. In his time linguistics was largely concerned with Indo-European and Semitic languages, largely neglecting anything spoken outside of the Western world. This paper marks the beginning of the shift in linguistics away from a Euro-centric view of language to a more universal methodology and likewise documents the Polynesian languages prior to greater Western involvement in the wake of the second World War. Linguists will find this a key work, and also interesting coming as it does from an author outside the normal walks of academia.

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William Churchill

  • AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PHILOLOGY: I - ROOT REDUCIBILITY IN POLYNESIAN (page 5)