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Looking Over vs. Overlooking Native American Languages: Let’s Void the Void
|Title||Looking Over vs. Overlooking Native American Languages: Let’s Void the Void|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||1996|
|Authors||Stubbs, Brian D.|
|Journal||Journal of Book of Mormon Studies|
|Date Published||Spring 1996|
|Keywords||Ancient America; Language; Native Americans|
The time-depth of the Romance language family (ca. 2,000 years) yields an abundance of similarities among languages descended from Latin: Spanish, French, Italian, and so forth. The time-depth of Lehi is not much greater (2,600 years), yet no similar abundance of accepted linguistic evidence for Lehi’s presence in the Americas has emerged. Is this because of a lack of evidence or a lack of looking? We cannot know until we look. The relative absence of effort in Native American languages relevant to Book of Mormon research is a huge void in Latter-day Saint scholarly endeavor. This paper discusses the value of and need to void this existing void, and presents from one Native American language family an example of the possibilities.
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