Free and Discounted Ebooks
Join 130,000 readers! Get our ebook deals straight to your inbox.

On the Evolution of Language

First Annual Report of the Bureau of Ethnology to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, 1879-80

Cover image for


Author: J.W. Powell
Published: 1881
Language: English
Wordcount: 7,771 / 31 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 55.7
LoC Category: Q
Downloads: 1,123
Added to site: 2006.07.14 14222

Government Printing Office, Washington, 1881, pages 1-16

Show Excerpt

es wigwam, and is derived from the verb küri, to stay. Thus the name of the school-house literally signifies a staying place where sorcery is counted, or where papers are read. The Pavänt in naming a school-house describes the purpose for which it is used. These examples illustrate the general characteristics of Indian nouns; they are excessively connotive; a simply denotive name is rarely found. In general their name-words predicate some attribute of the object named, and thus noun, adjective, and predicant are undifferentiated.

In many Indian languages there is no separate word for eye, hand, arm, or other parts and organs of the body, but the word is found with an incorporated or attached pronoun signifying my hand, my eye; your hand, your eye; his hand, his eye, etc., as the case may be. If the Indian, in naming these parts, refers to his own body, he says my; if h



Join 120,000+ fellow readers! Get Free eBooks and book bargains from ManyBooks in your inbox. 

We respect your email privacy

login | register

User ID


reset password

Author of the Day

Serenity Woods
Besides writing great romance novels, Serenity Woods enjoys juggling, archaeology and celebrating Christmas next to the pool. She lives in the sub-tropical Northland of New Zealand with her husband and teenage son and likes to write books about everyday people, with the issues that affect them. As our author of the day, Woods talks about her Christmas Boxset, Three Wise Men, why she is not a fan of alpha males and reveals what readers can expect from her pen next.
Read full interview...