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Mobility and Language in the Early Modern Antilles

Harrigan, Michael (2013) Mobility and Language in the Early Modern Antilles. Seventeenth-Century French Studies, . pp. 115-132. ISSN 0265-1068. E-ISSN 1752-2692. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:80137)

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Abstract

This article analyses a corpus of texts, principally of ecclesiastical authorship, which depict early- to mid-seventeenth-century attempts to colonise the Antilles and coastal South America. Focus is placed on French representations of Amerindian populations and of plantation and indigenous economies at a time of great political and military upheaval in the Caribbean. An initial analysis of depictions of European colonial initiatives explores their significant impact on Caribbean societies and suggests how the resultant conflicts influenced representations of Amerindian peoples. This is followed by analysis of the contrasting depictions of European and indigenous economic systems. European populations are depicted as mobile, laborious, and surplus-producing whereas indigenous populations are mainly characterised by economic stasis and the subsistence economy. A further analysis of depictions of Amerindian languages suggests how these might reflect the perception by French observers of absence at the heart of indigenous societies. Rather than indicating an innate deficiency in the faculty of language, this may be interpreted as mirroring a perceived incompleteness in the religious, economic or textual domains.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Caribbean, language, mobility, colonies, translation
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of Culture and Languages
Depositing User: Michael Harrigan
Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2020 15:27 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 10:26 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/80137 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Harrigan, Michael: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5371-2528
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