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Rafinesque's Linguistic Activity

Vilen V. Belyi
Anthropological Linguistics
Vol. 39, No. 1 (Spring, 1997), pp. 60-73
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/30028974
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Abstract

Constantine Samuel Rafinesque-Schmaltz is one of the founders of the scientific study of American Indian languages. His natural-history approach to language study and his attempts to use lexicostatistics to discover language affinity, as well as his research on the Maya language, his synthetical classification scheme for New World languages, and his call for a universal phonology and orthography, make him a forerunner of modern linguistic methodologists.

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