Abstract

Frederica de Laguna is generally considered the person who "discovered" Eyak. This paper chronicles a parade of characters who recorded Eyak in (over 9) vocabularies (1778–1862) and even phonographically (1899); more who defined or mapped it, even (1863) in color. Freddy's fieldwork of the 1930s is then discussed, and finally that of linguists after her (1940–2006). This is a history full of ironies that should entertain the reader appreciative of humanistics, human foibles, and the history of science.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1933-8139
Print ISSN
0066-6939
Pages
pp. 172-217
Launched on MUSE
2011-03-30
Open Access
No
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