O Brave New Words: Native American Loanwords in Current by Charles L. Cutler

By Charles L. Cutler

Native American loanwords are a vital, even though little stated, a part of the English language. This publication indicates how the greater than one-thousand present loanwords have been followed and demonstrates how the altering relationships among Indians and eu settlers could be traced within the fee of loanword borrowing and the categories of phrases adopted.

Appalachian: from the Appalachian Mountains within the japanese usa, from the Muskogean identify of the Apalachee tribe of Florida

Moose: jap Abenaki mos; Papoose: Narragansett papoos, baby; Squash: Narragansett askutasquash; Texas: from a Caddo be aware, which means "friends" or "allies."

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Only the following loanwords can be gleaned from North America in the second half of the eighteenth century: seapoose (also sea puss or sea purse), shallow inlet or tidal stream in Long Island, or swirling of undertowUnquachog seépus river; "{They} are to have for their paines 3s per day at the seapoose" (in Southampton, New York, town records for 1650). 15 woodchuck, groundhogan anglicization of a word presumed from a southern New England Algonquian language; compare Narragansett ockqutchaun, woodchuck; "The natural inhabitants of the woods, hills, and swamps, are .

Previous page page_22 next page > < previous page page_23 next page > Page 23 Chapter Three A Forest of Languages What even the most talented of the early English explorers could not realize was the richness of New World languages. The Indians encountered by Thomas Harriot and John Smith were speakers of coastal Algonquian tongues. Beyond them dweltamid the vast forests and mountains of North AmericaIndians speaking a multitude of other languages rivaling in their variety those of any continent in the world.

The hallucinatory drug peyote is derived from mescal, a cactus.

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