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Missionary Linguistics
(3,634 words)

1. Introduction: What Is Missionary Linguistics?

When Catholic missionary work began to expand after the 15th century, missionaries of different orders were confronted with the task of learning the languages of their new surroundings. This entailed the analysis of unknown sounds, words, and sentences, and the conversion of speech …

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Henning KLÖTER, “Missionary Linguistics”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 04 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_00000270>
First published online: 2015

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