Flutes of Fire: Essays on California Indian Languages

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Heyday, 1994 - Foreign Language Study - 270 pages
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Nonfiction. Before outsiders arrived, about 100 distinct Indian languages were spoken in California, many of them alive today. Each of these languages represents a unique way of understanding the world and expressing that understanding. FLUTES OF FIRE captures the range, beauty, and delight of this great heritage.
 

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Contents

The California Mosaic
13
Living California Indian Languages
21
California Languages at Work and Play Four Portraits
35
Overcoming the Language Barrier
39
Coyote Talk
45
the Vocabulary of Direction
49
Language and the Structure of Thought
61
Language and History
71
Songs Without Words
145
Language and Dominion
153
On the Origin of California Tribal Names
157
A Pinenut by Any Other Name
165
Languages Under Attack
173
with Vera Mae Fredrickson
175
The Native American Languages Act
181
Keeping the Languages Alive
193

Language Families
75
What Language Can Tell us about History
87
Native Californian Names on the Land
95
History Through the Words Brought to California by the Fort Ross Colony by Robert Oswalt
101
Words
111
California Counting
113
Specialized Vocabulary in the Languages of California
123
Instrumental Prefixes in Kashaya
133
Mens and Womens Talk
139
John Peabody HarringtonThen and Now
195
Writing Systems
211
Language Action in California
221
Rebuilding the Fire
235
Linguists and the California Languages
249
Reference Guide to Linguistic Symbols
255
Bibliography
259
Index
265
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