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Oldmixon, John, 1673-1742.

Gross-Britannisches America: nach seiner Erfindung. Bevölckerung und allerneuestem Zustand... aus dem Englischen übersetzet durch M. Vischer.

Hamburg: Zacharias Hertel, 1710

Physical Description: 16, 879, [1] p. ; 17 cm. (8vo)

Call number: D710/ O44g

Accession number: 03927

Notes: Contains brief discussions and samples of Indian languages from diverse areas in North America and the Caribbean, including: a brief specimen of festival music, with words, as sung by the “Souriquois” of Port-Royal (p. 36); several terms in Massachuset (some in three dialects, including Martha’s Vineyard), with German equivalents (p. 147); several terms from New York-Long Island [Algonquian languages - Connecticut/Quiripi/Quinnipiac? Montauk/Patchoag/Unquachog?], with German equivalents (p. 177); a dozen terms from Pennsylvania [Iroquoian language - Susquehannock? / Algonquian language - Delaware?], with German equivalents (p. 223); and from Hudson’s Bay, approximately 30 words and phrases in use among the Cuscudidah [King Cuscudidah: Attikamek subgroup, Algonquian language family?] (p. 475-476). “Historie von St. Christophers” contains remarks on the language of the “Cariben”, including differences between men’s and women’s speech; sample vocabulary, with German equivalents, given for both sexes (p. 711-712). Translation by M. Vischer of author's The British Empire in America, London, 1741, first published, London, 1708.

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Languages: Algonquian languages / Atikamekw / Carib / Iroquoian languages / Massachuset / Micmac

Genre: Specimen / Vocabulary

Region: Caribbean Islands / North America