The Language Encounter in the Americas, 1492-1800

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When Columbus arrived in the Americas there were, it is believed, as many as 2,000 distinct, mutually unintelligible tongues spoken in the western hemisphere, encompassing the entire area from the Arctic Circle to Tierra del Fuego. This astonishing fact has generally escaped the attention of historians, in part because many of these indigenous languages have since become extinct. And yet the burden of overcoming America's language barriers was perhaps the one problem faced by all peoples of the New World in the early modern ...

The Language Encounter in the Americas, 1492-1800 2001, Berghahn Books, New York, NY

ISBN-13: 9781571811608

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The Language Encounter in the Americas, 1492-1800 2000, Berghahn Books, New York, NY

ISBN-13: 9781571812100

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