Mother Tongues and Native Voices: Linguistic Fantasies in the Age of the Encounter

Stevens, Scott Manning
January 2001
Telling the Stories: Essays on American Indian Literatures & Cul;2001, p3
Book Chapter
Chapter 1 of the book "Telling the Stories: Essays on American Indian Literatures & Cultures" is presented. The article focuses on the fantasies associated with the native Indian languages in the U.S. The Indian languages were considered as sublanguages and therefore not proper languages at all. To facilitate language transparency, native interpreters, who had been kidnapped and taught the rudiments of some European languages, were employed.


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