By Garrick Mallery (auth.), D. Jean Umiker-Sebeok, Thomas A. Sebeok (eds.)

ISBN-10: 1468424092

ISBN-13: 9781468424096

ISBN-10: 1468424114

ISBN-13: 9781468424119

1. THE SEMIOTIC personality OF ABORIGINAL signal LANGUAGES In our tradition, language, specifically in its spoken manifestation, is the a lot vaunted hallmark of humanity, the diagnostic trait of guy that has made attainable the construction of a civilization unknown to the other terrestrial organism. via our inheritance of a /aculte du langage, tradition is in a feeling bred inta guy. And but, language is seen as a strength wh ich can smash us via its capability for objectification and type. in keeping with renowned mythology, the naming of the animals of Eden, whereas giving Adam and Eve a undeniable strength over nature, additionally destroyed the prelinguistic concord among them and the remainder of the flora and fauna and contributed to their eventual expulsion from paradise. Later, the post-Babel improvement of various language households remoted guy from guy as weIl as from nature (Steiner 1975). Language, in different phrases, because the relevant strength animating human tradition, is either our salvation and damnation. Our consistent battle with phrases (Shands 1971) is waged on either inner and exterior battlegrounds. This culturally made up our minds ambivalence towards language is very appar­ ent once we come upon people or hominoid animals who, for one cause or one other, needs to depend on gestural types of communication.

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9. Areport of Dr. ·W. J. HOFFMAN, from observations among the Teton Dakotas while Acting Assistant Surgeon, Unitt'd States Army, and stationed at Grand River Agency, Dakota, during 1872-7~. 10. A special contribution fl'om Lieut. H. R. LEMLY, Third United States Artillery, compiled from notes and observations taken by hirn in 1877 among' the N ortllern Arapahos. 11. Some preliminary notes lately received from Rev. TAYLOR F. EALY, rnissionary among the ZUfii, upon the signs of tlmt body of Indians.

The fact that this remarkable statement is at vanance with some of the principles of the formation and use of signs set fOl'th by Dr. TnoR, SIGN LANGUAGE 17 whose inimitable chapters on gestnre-speech in bis U Researches into the Early History of Mankind "have in a great degree prompted the present inquiries, does not appear to have attmcted the attention of that eminent authority. " Its truth can only be established by enrefnl compnrison of lists or vocabularies of signs ta1ten under test conditions at widely different times and places.

12. Similar notes from Rev. A. J. , respecting the Comanche signs. 13. Similar notes from Very Hev. EDWARD JACKER, Pointe St. Ignace, Mich, l'especting the Ojibwa. 14. A special list from Rev. J OWEN DORSEY, missionary at Omaha Agency, Nebraslm, from observations lately made among the Ponkas and Omahas. 22 GARRICK MALLERY 15. A letter from J. W. , Indian superintendent, Brltish Columbia, relating to his observatious among the Kutine and others. 16. A special list from Dr. CUARLES E. :M:CCEIESNEY, Acting Assistant Surgeon United States Army,of signs collected amongthe Dakotas (Sioux) near Fort Bennett, Dakota, during the present winter.

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