A Key to the Language of America
Printed in London in 1643, Roger Williams’s Key to the Language of America functions as a dictionary of the Algonquian language. Within the text, Williams lists English to Algonquian translations of common words or phrases with sections on the time of day, family businesses, travel, and the like. The dictionary also offers a glimpse into the religious beliefs and lifeways of the Narragansett Indians of Rhode Island. Williams’s work is the earliest printed lexicon of any Native American language.
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