Modern Mohegan: The Dialect of Jits Bodunaxa by Julian Granberry

By Julian Granberry

Mohegan, a dialect of the Mohegan-Pequot language of Southern New England, used to be one of many significant Algonquian languages of Connecticut, spoken from the Connecticut River within the west to the Thames River within the east and from principal Connecticut south to new york Sound from no less than the thirteenth century throughout the 1800s. Its final speaker, Mrs. Fidelia A.H. Fielding, died in 1908. From unique expert phonetic recordings of long texts in Mrs. Fielding's speech we now have enough facts to influence a reconstruction of the language because it was once spoken within the early 1900s. the current quantity offers the reader an account of the phonological, morphological, and syntactic constructions of the language, in addition to a precis of the placement and improvement of Mohegan and the opposite Mohegan-Pequot dialects (Pequot, Shinnecock, and Montauk) in the jap department of the Algonquian language kinfolk. Lexical facts and pattern texts are supplied.

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7. Tense Forms and Negative Verbs. Any ofthe verb form given in the preceding tables may be made into its negative equivalent by the addition of the preverb mud 'not'. The majority of the Southern New England languages, as well as most Algonquian languages in general, have special suffixes which give the verb a negative meaning. Mohegan, however, has abandoned this suffixation process for the use of the negative preverb. In the same manner, the special past and future tense suffixes common in other Algonquian tongues are not found in Mohegan.

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