Sturtevant, William C.

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A Wisconsin native, Lounsbury completed his undergraduate education at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, and took an MA degree there. He then went to Yale University and was awarded a Ph.D. for work on Oneida phonology and morphology in 1949. While in the Ph.D. program he started teaching, and remained at Yale for the rest of his career. Retiring in 1979, Lounsbury was appointed Sterling Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, a post he held until his death at age 84.

Influenced by his graduate advisor, Morris Swadesh, Lounsbury undertook (1939-1940) the WPA-funded Oneida Language and Folklore Project, Green Bay, Wisconsin. This work eventually culminated in his MA thesis and dissertation. Lounsbury undertook pioneering work in descriptive and comparative Iroquoian linguistics, and made very significant contributions to the decipherment of Maya hieroglyphic texts. He was also an important innovator in the formal analysis of kinship terminologies and structural semantics. Fieldwork was conducted among the Oneida and all other speakers of surviving Iroquoian languages, Natchez, two Mayan and six Brazilian Indian languages. Lounsbury was a fellow of the National Academy of Sciences (1969), and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1976) and American Philosophical Society (1987).

From the guide to the Floyd Glenn Lounsbury papers, ca. 1935-1998, Circa 1935-1998, (American Philosophical Society)

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Subject
Illustrations--Color
Incas--Social life and customs
Indians of Central America--Languages--Writing
Iroquoian languages
Cherokee language
Indians of South America--Andes Region--Social life and customs
Indians of Mexico--Languages--Writing
Seneca Indians--Rites and ceremonies
Waimiri Indians--Social life and customs
Lacandon Indians--Social life and customs
Mayan languages--Writing
Oneida Indians
Quechua Indians--Social life and customs
Seneca Indians--Music
Indians of South America--Languages
Oneida Indians--Wisconsin
Oneida language
Indians of North America--Archival resources
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Indians of North America
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Death 2007-03-02

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