By Sari Pietikäinen, FinlandAlexandra Jaffe, Long BeachHelen Kelly-Holmes, and Nikolas Coupland
Sociolinguistics from the Periphery "presents a fascinating book about change: shifting political, economic and cultural conditions; ephemeral, sometimes even seasonal, multilingualism; and altered imaginaries for minority and indigenous languages and their users."
The earliest written examples of the Minsi dialect of Delaware or Lenape are collected here. The bulk of this volume consists of Rev. John Heckewelder's Minsi vocabulary, collected in the late 1700's and totaling 100 entries. Also included are a number of scattered linguistic fragments collected from Minsi tribes such as the Manhattans and Hackensacks from 1630 through 1798.
The American Language Reprints (ALR) series is dedicated to preserving and consolidating early primary source records of Native American languages with the goal of making them more accessible and readily available to the academic community. For a complete listing of the series, visit: http://www.evolpub.com/ALR/ALRbooks.html