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By Garrick Mallery (auth.), D. Jean Umiker-Sebeok, Thomas A. Sebeok (eds.)

1. THE SEMIOTIC personality OF ABORIGINAL signal LANGUAGES In our tradition, language, specially in its spoken manifestation, is the a lot vaunted hallmark of humanity, the diagnostic trait of guy that has made attainable the construction of a civilization unknown to the other terrestrial organism. via our inheritance of a /aculte du langage, tradition is in a feeling bred inta guy. And but, language is seen as a strength wh ich can damage us via its capability for objectification and type. in accordance with well known mythology, the naming of the animals of Eden, whereas giving Adam and Eve a definite strength over nature, additionally destroyed the prelinguistic concord among them and the remainder of the flora and fauna and contributed to their eventual expulsion from paradise. Later, the post-Babel improvement of various language households remoted guy from guy as weIl as from nature (Steiner 1975). Language, in different phrases, because the principal strength animating human tradition, is either our salvation and damnation. Our consistent conflict with phrases (Shands 1971) is waged on either inner and exterior battlegrounds. This culturally decided ambivalence towards language is especially appar­ ent once we come upon people or hominoid animals who, for one cause or one other, needs to depend upon gestural varieties of communication.

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The first of thern is like our motion of benedietion, but may more suggestively be eornpared with several of the above signs for "yes," and in opposition to several of those below for "bad" and "no," showing the idea of aceeptance or seleetion of objects presented, instead of their rejection. 3. With the right hand, palrn down, fingers to the left, thumb touching the breast, move the hand straight to the front arrd slightly upward. ) The Sioux make the same sign without the final upward motion.

1. The flat of the right hand patting the back of the left several tim es, proportioned in number to the quantity. ) Simple repetition. 2. Clutching at the air several times with both hands. ) Same idea of repetition, more objective. >. 3. Hands and arms passed curvilinearly outward and dowllward as if forming a large globe, then hands eIosed and elevated as if something were grasped in each, and held up as high as the face. ) 4. Hands held scoop-fashion, palms toward each other, about two feet apart, at the height of the lower ribs, finger-ends downwardj then with a diving motion, as if scooping up small al'tieIes from a sack 01' barrel, 28 GARRICK MALLERY bring the hands nearly togethel', fingers closed, as if holding a number of the small objects in each hand, and up again to the height of the breast.

These publications are intended to serve a somewhat temporary purpose until a manual for the use of students of American Anthropology is completed. J. W. POWELL. INQUIRIES AND SUGGESTIONS UPON SIGN-LANGUAGE AMONG THE NORTH AMERICAN INDIANS. BY GARRICK MALLERY. INTRODUCTORY. The Bureau of Ethnology of the Smithsonian Institution has in preparation a work upon Sign-Language among the N orth American Indians, and, further, intended to be an exposition of the gesture-speech of mankind thorough enough to be of suggestive use to students of philology and of anthropology in general.

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