CULTURAL READINGS: Colonization & Print in the Americas
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Missionaries and Indian Languages
Understanding and being understood required linguistic common ground. Missionaries studied and codified native languages in western forms that permitted them to be taught and assimilated by neophyte missionaries and, in some cases, by converts.
French Jesuits struggled to comprend and write the languages of Indians under their dominion, both in the Caribbean, and in Canada, as the Jesuit Relations testify. Some Indians adopted the written form of their language taught by Jesuits, as reports about the Montagnais suggest.
[See related essay on Indian languages by Daniel J. Slive]
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