Descriptive Linguistics

  • Joseph E. Grimes


When Franz Boas introduced the first volume of the International Journal of American Linguistics he had to write: ‘... it is not saying too much if we claim that for most of the native languages of Central and South America the field is practically terra incognita. We have vocabularies; but, excepting the old missionary grammars, there is very little systematic work. Even where we have grammars, we have no bodies of aboriginal texts.’1 The first number of IJAL contains a brief but systematic description by Boas himself,2 and the first two volumes contain four more contributions of the kind Boas asked for.


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