A key into the language of america roger williams

Williams began with an inquiry into the origins of the natives, a matter of debate in Europe, where some savants thought that they might be related to ancient races like the Greeks or the Jews. The Narragansetts liked to hear the news, they kept their promises, they kept their appointments with him, and they understood very well the concept of property.

Roger Williams, as the Editors inform us, wrote this, his first published work, in The Correspondence of Roger Williams ed. He praised their communitarian government.

This humanistic argument culminated with a profound point, at odds with what most of Christendom was saying at the time: As an early Anthropologist and Linguist, he mentions different dialec A great little historical curiosity, this early "dictionary" is sorted by subject matter.

He is the Director of the John W. In a word, they are human.

Their Virgins are distinguished by a bashful falling downe of their haire over their eyes. God having of one blood made all mankind.

It also pulses with egalitarianism, as when a seemingly innocent meditation on the fur trade takes a perverse delight in inverting the idea of luxury: He observes further that they avoid the extremes of gluttony and drunkenness to which the English often fall victim.

It includes the following works: America and the World, and Brown: They say themselves, that they have sprung and growne up in that very place, like the very trees of the wildernesse.

To create a nearer neighborhood remains a worthy aspiration. As he meditated on where they had come from, he lapsed into the naturalistic language that pervades his entire narrative.

Perhaps is fitting to close with his words, and those of the Narragansetts he enjoyed a lifelong conversation with, presented exactly as they appeared in the Key: Over 32 chapters and pages, Williams poured out everything he knew about the Narragansetts. Although not facsimiles of the originals, they reproduce the orthography and other features of the originals.

One of the many reasons he was banished from Massachusetts Bay in was his advocacy for the Natives. Williams was proud of his talent for languages, and he worked hard to master the Native dialects after his arrival in Plymouth. The underlying assumption of The Key— that natives mattered — sounded an unusual note in early American history, and set a precedent for the celebration of diversity that we now take for granted.

If nothing else, it made tangible how much he had learned in a short time.

The new patent contained no rules for religious worship, and set a crucial precedent for toleration, amplified again in when Rhode Island received a royal charter again, with help from Williamsand amplified one more time in when the first amendment was added to the Constitution.

Kennedy, Ark of the Liberties: This patent was a ringing victory for Williams in his fight to keep Massachusetts at bay, but it was even more. There are texts within texts, poems reflecting on what has just been said, winking asides to the reader, and what seem to be encoded suggestions within the vocabulary lists.

As an early Anthropologist and Linguist, he mentions different dialects but does not distinguish greatly between the Algonkian tribes.

And he praised their innate sense of ethics, and the kindness to strangers that he had experienced first-hand. It is as much a study of culture as of language, and he interpolates his observations in between lists of vocabulary words and furtive little poems.

A Key Into the Language Of America

One of the phrases in the Providence patent still resonates. It is very possible that the state of Rhode Island would not exist if Williams had not written this book. They love celebrations, and family gathering, and games including a form of football.

Some words are similar to those of the Abenaki, one tribe found further to the west, but others are not. In subtle ways, the Key is a feminist book.

Throughout his long life he was an honest broker with them — a claim that is difficult to make about most of the original settlers. At the time he drove it through the press, in the summer ofWilliams was in London fighting desperately for official recognition of the colony he was trying to found — a colony that was in jeopardy because of new encroachments by Massachusetts and Connecticut, each eager to claim the desirable place he had found and by so doing, suppress the freeform experiment he had launched.

As Williams discovered, the best way to get at the basic truths of America was to talk with the original Americans themselves. Williams never expected his little grammar to offer a final statement, of course.A Key Into the Language of America [Roger Williams] on mi-centre.com *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers.

Written in at a time of great turmoil between Native Americans and the English settlers, A Key into the Language of America is a study of American Indian life5/5(8).

A discourse on the languages of Native Americans encountered by the early settlers written by Roger Williams, who was forced to leave Massachusetts and established Rhode Island.

This early linguistic treatise gives rare insight into the early contact between Europeans and Native Americans/5.

A discourse on the languages of Native Americans encountered by the early settlers written by Roger Williams, who was forced to leave Massachusetts and established Rhode Island.

This early linguistic treatise gives rare insight into the early contact between Europeans and Native Americans. A discourse on the languages of Native Americans encountered by the early settlers written by Roger Williams, who was forced to leave Massachusetts and established Rhode Island.

A Key Into the Language of America

This early linguistic treatise gives rare insight into the early contact between Europeans and Native Americans/5(4). InRoger Williams wrote A Key into the Language of America. It is an anthropological study of 17th century American Indian culture, a phrase book of the Narragansett language, and a commentary on 17th American Indian life during the early colonial period.

A Key into the Language of America InRoger Williams published his first and best book, A Key into the Language of America. Unlike the long religious arguments that characterized most of his later writings, this study was written with his feet planted squarely on the earth.

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