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Life of C. S. Rafinesque, A Man of Uncommon Zeal
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Charles Boewe’s study of Constantine Samuel Rafinesque (1783-1840) began more than 50 years ago. It was materially advanced by Boewe’s ability to explore archival resources in both Philadelphia and Lexington during his own extended residence in those cities where Rafinesque himself lived. Later, when based in South Asia, Boewe’s travels to and from the United States enabled him to seek out Rafinesque documents in European repositories. The result of these efforts was the discovery of hundreds of pages of fresh documentation in eight countries, written in four languages. All of this material, along with letters from the hitherto unknown Rafinesque family archives in Paris, is the foundation of this narration of the life of an early 19th-century naturalist and philologist. Includes a CD, “The Correspondence of C. S. Rafinesque.” Illus.
Climate Crises in Human History
This volume considers the response of selected cultures to climate events that have been documented from the archaeological and geological records. It includes articles by participants in a 2008 conference at the University of Pennsylvania’s Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology as well as other prominent scholars. The essays, which range over the Americas, Europe, Africa, SE Asia and the Near East, and over several millennia, may serve as a corrective to dogmatic claims about the future of climate and of mankind, and as a spur to the dispassionate study of both. Illus.
Darwin's Disciple: George John Romanes, A Life in Letters
Darwin's Disciple is a careful biographical study of the life and letters of George John Romanes (1848-1894), who was a strong advocate for Darwinian evolution. "Because of his cental role in definding evolution and his close relationship with Darwin during the last decade of Darwin's life, Romanes's life and career deserve a fresh look." This publication by Joel Schwartz is the culmination of more than thirty-five years of work in this history of biology, particularly nineteenth-century natural history and the role played by prominent early evolutionists in shaping the debates in evolutionary biology.
Chindali and English Dictionary with an Index to Proto-Bantu Roots: The Chindali Language of Malawi: Volume 1
Chindali is a Bantu language of eastern Africa, spoken in the southwest Mbeya region of Tanzania and in the northern Chitipa District of Malawi. Estimates suggest that there are approximately 70,000 speakers in Malawi and 150,000 in Tanzania. The language is classified as M.21 in the Tervuren (Bastin 1978) revision of Guthrie’s (1967-70) zone classification. However, there is much dialectical variation. In Malawi, not only are there varieties known as Chindali, but also the very closely related variety known as Chisukwa. This dictionary focuses on the Chindali varieties spoken in northern Malawi, excluding Chisukwa. Contents: Guide to the Dictionary; Bibliography: Linguistic Studies of Chindali; References; A Chindali-English Dictionary; An English-Chindali Index; An Index to Proto-Bantu Roots; Appendices: A. Chindali Kinship Terms; B. Paradigms of Chindali Pronouns; C. Paradigms of Chindali Demonstratives; D. Numbers and Time; E. Verbs of Perception; F. Verbes of Location and Position; G. Verbs of Motion; Map: General Region in Which Chindali Is Spoken; References.
Grammatical Sketch of Chindali: The Chindali Language of Malawi: Volume 2
Chindali is spoken along the northern border of Malawi and in southwestern Tanzania. There are approximately 70,000 speakers in Malawi and 150,000 speakers in Tanzania. It is classified as M.21 in the Turveren (Bastin 1978) revision of Guthrie’s (1967-70) zone classification. This grammatical sketch represents the language as spoken in the region of northern Malawi. It differs in important ways from the variety spoken in Tanzania, especially in verbal morphology. It also differs from a closely related dialect called Chisukwa, primarily in tone and some sounds, as well as with some verbal conjugations. The Ndali people live in close proximity to the Sukwa people. Contents: Introduction; Part 1: Phonology; Part 2: Noun Morphology; Part 3: Noun Modification; Part 4: Verbs: Structure and Morphology; Part 5: Verb Types; Part 6: Verbs: Constructions and Phrases; Part 7: Ideophones; Part 8: Syntax; Part 9: Invariable Forms. Appendices: A. Verb Templates; B. Paradigm of the Verb “uku.lima” ‘cultivate; hoe’. References.
Narratives of Chindali Life and Culture: The Chindali Language of Malawi: Volume 3
The Ndali people occupy a small area of northern Malawi and southern Tanzania. Relatively little has been published on their language, life, or culture. This volume presents short personal narratives on various aspects of the Ndali world in Malawi, as related by 16 individuals, men and women ranging in age from their late teens to early 40s. These texts constitute a representative sample from more than 30 individuals who provided nearly 50 narratives collected in 1994 by Loveness Schafer. They provide not only a glimpse of Ndali culture and life, but also a sampling of how Ndali narrative is constructed. Contents: Folk Histories of the Ndali and Sukwa Peoples; Birth of a Child; Death and Funerals; Marriage; Food and Food-Producing Activities; Music; Musical Instruments; Old and New: ‘Traditional Beliefs’, and ‘A Person Who Has Never Seen a Plane’; Folk Art: Two Folk Tales, Two Poems.
“To Do Justice to Him and Myself”: Evert Wendell’s Account Book of the Fur Trade with Indians in Albany, New York, 1695-1726 (includes cd-rom with original, Dutch text)
This translated Dutch account book of the fur trade with Indians yields essential data for understanding the workings of the intercultural fur trade in colonial North America. It contains accounts of hundreds of Indians, many listed with their own names, who purchased merchandise on credit from Evert Wendell (1681-1750) and his relatives in Albany, NY. Over 2,000 credit transactions and payments are recorded. This book has been praised as a major addition to the literature on the fur trade which challenges many widely held interpretations. “Offers many new insights into Native Amer. life, into the economics of colonial NY, into the persistence of Dutch culture and trade networks, and into countless other topics.” “A major achievement.” Illustrations.Tables.
The book also includes a CD-ROM with transcription of the Dutch manuscript (searchable).
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