The Beginning of Print Culture in Athabasca Country (Hardback)

Father Emile Grouard, OMI


A signal event in the move from oral to print culture for the Cree was Father Grouard's prayer book, written in Syllabics and printed in 1883. More than a century later, Demers, McIlwraith, and Thunder reproduce the text, along with a direct English translation, a transliteration into the Standard Roman Orthography now in use as well as in nineteenth-century SRO. Demers offers an introduction to the work within its cultural framework; the translators together discuss Grouard's use of Cree Syllabics, which illuminates the difficulties this missionary-pioneer faced in transferring the nuances of one language to another in which he was an ardent learner. Cree history scholars, linguists, and anyone interested in print history would be well served by adding this influential work to their library.

Product Details

  • Product code: BFVPY
  • ISBN: 9780888645159
  • Publisher: University of Alberta Press
  • Format: Hardback
  • Dimensions: 28.7cm x 26.0cm
  • Pages: 488
  • Publish date: 06/01/2010


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