This is part one of a series of posts giving an introduction to Algonquianist terminology, starting out with a short background on where it comes from in the first place. Subsequent posts will give descriptions and Mi’gmaq examples of various terms and are linked to below.
Where does Algonquianist terminology come from?
Leonard Bloomfield, primarily, although also other early and later linguists who worked with Algonquian languages, especially in describing how they are related to each other and what their common ancestor language (known as Proto-Algonquian) might have sounded like.
Why is it so unlike the terms used to describe other languages?
Initial? Medial? Final? Why doesn’t English or French have any of these? Continue reading