Nishnaabemwin Reference Grammar
Published: December 2001© 2001
Imprint: University of Toronto Press
Page Count: 992 Pages
Dimensions: 6.79 x 9.75
992 Pages, 6.79 x 9.75 x 2.30 in
This descriptive reference grammar of Nishnaabemwin (Odawa and Eastern Ojibwe), a major dialect group within contemporary Ojibwe spoken in the vicinity of Lake Huron in Southern Ontario, represents the most comprehensive works on an Algonquin language published to date. It includes extensive descriptive treatment of phonology, orthography, inflectional morphology, derivational morphology, and major structural and functional syntactic categories. Points of grammar are copiously illustrated with example sentences indexed with thorough grammatical annotations. An extensive glossary of standard Algonquian linguistic terms is also provided.
Written for both the beginning linguist as well as the scholar of Algonquian languages, this grammar provides simple explanations of linguistic terms as well as a thorough and comprehensive study of the language. Nishnaabemwin Reference Grammar represents a major contribution to linguistics in general and to Algonquian language study in particular.
'This book makes a significant and very valuable contribution to what is known of Ojibwe grammar ... it will be of considerable use to native speakers and teachers of Nishnaabemwin and related dialects. Because of the comprehensiveness of its coverage it will be of great interest to scholars interested in any dialect of Ojibwe, as well as to students of other Algonquian languages.'John O'Meara, Native Language Instructors' Program, Faculty of Education, Lakehead University
'A major contribution to the field of Algonquian linguistics ... This book will be an outstanding resource for some time to come ... It sets a new standard in the field of Algonquian linguistics in terms of depth, breadth, and clarity.'Keren Rice, Department of Linguistics, University of Toronto