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Native American Influence on American English
An analysis of the history of certain American English words that have their roots in Native-American languages.
# 96387 | 2,938 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2007 | US

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This paper discusses the influence of Native-American languages on American English. It begins by discussing the variety, origin and roots of Native-American languages. It then discusses early contact between settlers and Native-Americans and the evidence that has been found to suggest that American English was influenced by this contact, particularly the names of places names that were named after the tribes that occupied the location.

Table of Contents:
The Lumbee
What Does this Mean for Native American Words in American English?

Sample of Sources Used:

  • American Heritage Dictionary (AHD) (2000). Regional Patterns of American Speech The American Heritage(r) Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. 2000. Houghton Mifflin Company.
  • Schilling-Estes, N. (2000) Investigating intra-ethnic differentiation: /ay/ in Lumbee Native American English. Language Variation and Change 12: 141-174.
  • Torbert, B. Tracing Native American Language History through Consonant Cluster Reduction: The Case of Lumbee English. American Speech 76 (4): 361-387.
  • Wolfram, W. (1996). Delineation and description in dialectology: The case of Perfective I'm in Lumbee English. American Speech. 71: 5-26.

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