About the book
This fourth volume on Missionary Linguistics focuses on lexicography. It contains a selection of papers derived from the Fifth International Conference on Missionary Linguistics held in Mérida, Yucatán (Mexico), 14th–17th March 2007. As with the previous three volumes (2004, on general issues, 2005, on orthography and phonology, and 2007 on morphology and syntax), this volume looks at the lexicographical production of missionaries in general, the influence of European sources, such as Ambrogio Calepino and Antonio de Nebrija, translation theories, attitudes toward non-Western cultures, trans- and interculturality, semantics, morphological analysis and organizational principles of the dictionaries, such as styles and structure of the entries, citation forms, etc. It presents research into languages such as Maya, Nahuatl, Tarasco (Pur’épecha), Lushootseed, Equatorian Quechua, Tupinambá, Ilocan, Tamil and Southern Min Chinese dialects.
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About the project
The aim of this book project is to provide an integrated framework, analysis and evaluation of missionary grammars written in Portuguese in the colonial period. An interesting corpus of documented languages in the pre-modern period (16th – 18th century) is still extant, mainly Asian grammars and dictionaries of Japanese, Tamil, Konkani; Kipeá (Macro-Jê family), Tupinambá and the manuscript “lingua geral Amazônica” (Tupi-Guarani family) in Brazil, and Kimbundu (Angola). During my stay at NIAS I ‘discovered’ another source of the Portuguese tradition, a grammar of Nyungwe/Sena, a Bantu language found along the Zambezi river in Mozambique. This source casts new light on early-modern descriptions of Bantu languages. NIAS has played a very important role in my academic career. It gave me the opportunity to reflect upon my research and other academic activities, like teaching. The library assistance was excellent. Thanks to their support I could consult many sources I was searching