A Vocabulary of the Nanticoke Dialect
Daniel Garrison Brinton
Arx Publishing, LLC, 2005 - History - 46 pages
This volume contains a list of some 300 words collected by Murray in 1796 along the Choptank River on Maryland's Eastern Shore. It further contains introductory remarks and annotation by linguist Daniel G. Brinton, who provides words for comparison in a number of other Algonquin languages including Lenape and Chipeway. This edition features an indexed listing of Brinton's Algonquin comparisons in the appendix.
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Page 2 - The tribe has dwindled almost into extinction. It is still, however, possessed of five thousand acres of land which were reserved to them by the Assembly of Maryland in the first settlement of the Province. The little town where they live consists but of four genuine old wigwams, thatched over with the bark of the Cedar — very old — and two framed houses — in one of which lives the queen, Mrs. Mulberry, relict of the Colonel who was the last Chief. They are not more than nine in number: The...
Page 2 - Dear Sir: The enclosed little attempt to make a vocabulary of the language of the Nanticokes, may remind you of a circumstance, and promise of mine, which probably have escaped your memory. You gave me the printed list of words last spring. On the reverse of the printed side which is filled up, is added a number of words which occurred to me. The tribe has dwindled almost into extinction.
Page 1 - Mulberry, said to be the widow of the last chief of the Nanticokes. She at that time resided at Locust Neck town, Goose creek, Choctank river, Dorchester county, Maryland. The circumstances connected with obtaining the vocabulary are recounted in a letter from Mr. Murray to Mr. Jefferson, which is as follows : LETTER FROM MR. MURRAY TO MR. JEFEERSON. Dear Sir .-—The enclosed little attempt to make a vocabulary of the language of the Naniicokes, may remind you of a circumstance, and promise of mine,...
Page 4 - The exceptions would probably fall into the same category were the analysis prosecuted further. I have also thought it desirable to arrange the words in alphabetical order, for convenience of reference. The exclamation point, !, so frequently introduced by Mr. Murray, he explains to signify a peculiar, forcible, explosive enunciation of the syllable. At the close of the vocabulary, the writer adds the following proper names : We ning go mi usk, the personal name of Mrs. Mulberry, " Mulberry woman...