A comparative vocabulary of Indian languages


Date: 1798-1821 | Size: 1 volume(s), 1 volume, 219 p.


This volume contains extracts of Barton's "New Views of the Origin of the Tribes and Nations of America" (Philadelphia, 1797), with additions by Peter S. Du Ponceau. 54 words have equivalents listed in columns of 50-70 languages. While Barton listed no authority, Du Ponceau cited sources. Includes sounds of the Othomi language; declension. Omaha, Kanzes, Otto; and symbol and sound. Also includes a review of Barton's book in "Göttingische Anzeigen von gelehrten Sachen," June 17, 1799.

Background note

Philadelphia physician Benjamin Smith Barton worked as a naturalist in addition to practicing medicine.

Collection Information

Physical description

1 volume, 219 p.


Presented by Peter S. Du Ponceau and accessioned, 1840 (1840 5282).

Alternate formats available

This item is also available on microfilm (Film 1286).

Early American History Note

This bound volume contains portions of Benjamin Smith Barton's comparative vocubulary, which was published in Philadelphia in 1797. The volume contains notes from Stephen DuPonceau.

Indexing Terms

Personal Name(s)

  • Barton, Benjamin Smith, 1766-1815
  • Du Ponceau, Peter Stephen, 1760-1844


  • Indians of North America -- Languages