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Bright, William 1928-2006

Works: 112 works in 595 publications in 4 languages and 13,643 library holdings
Genres: Local history  Encyclopedias  Reference works  Folklore  Conference papers and proceedings  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Bibliography  Dictionaries  Terminology  Legends 
Roles: Author, Editor, Honoree, Other, Director, Compiler, Translator, Redactor, Contributor, Publishing director
Classifications: P29, 410.3
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Most widely held works about William Bright
Most widely held works by William Bright
1500 California place names : their origin and meaning by William Bright( )

11 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 1,739 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This is the new "pocket" version of the classic California Place Names, first published by California in 1949. Erwin G. Gudde's monumental work, which went through several editions during its author's lifetime, has now been released in an expanded and updated edition by William Bright. The abridged version, originally called 1000 California Place Names, has grown to a dynamic 1500 California Place Names in Bright's hands. Those who have used and enjoyed 1000 California Place Names through the decades will be glad to know that 1500 California Place Names is not only bigger but better. This handbook focuses on two sorts of names: those that are well-known as destinations or geographical features of the state, such as La Jolla, Tahoe, and Alcatraz, and those that demand attention because of their problematic origins, whether Spanish like Bodega and Chamisal or Native American like Aguanga and Siskiyou. Names of the major Indian tribes of California are included, since some of them have been directly adapted as place names and others have been the source of a variety of names. Bright incorporates his own recent research and that of other linguists and local historians, giving us a much deeper appreciation of the tangled ancestry many California names embody. Featuring phonetic pronunciations for all the Golden State's tongue-twisting names, this is in effect a brand new book, indispensable to California residents and visitors alike."--
The world's writing systems by Peter T Daniels( Book )

19 editions published between 1995 and 2007 in English and held by 1,646 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Publisher: Ranging from cuneiform to shorthand, from archaic Greek to modern Chinese, from Old Persian to modern Cherokee, this is the only available work in English to cover all of the world's writing systems from ancient times to the present. Describing scores of scripts in use now or in the past around the world, this unusually comprehensive reference offers a detailed exploration of the history and typology of writing systems. More than eighty articles by scholars from over a dozen countries explain and document how a vast array of writing systems work-how alphabets, ideograms, pictographs, and hieroglyphics convey meaning in graphic form. The work is organized in thirteen parts, each dealing with a particular group of writing systems defined historically, geographically, or conceptually. Arranged according to the chronological development of writing systems and their historical relationships within geographical areas, the scripts are divided into the following sections: the ancient Near East, East Asia, Europe, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. Additional parts address the ongoing process of decipherment of ancient writing systems; the adaptation of traditional scripts to new languages; new scripts invented in modern times; and graphic symbols for numerical, music, and movement notation. Each part begins with an introductory article providing the social and cultural context in which the group of writing systems was developed. Articles on individual scripts detail the historical origin of the writing system, its structure (with tables showing the forms of the written symbols), and its relationship to the phonology of the corresponding spoken language. Each writing system is illustrated by a passage of text, and accompanied by a Romanized version, a phonetic transcription, and a modern English translation. A bibliography suggesting further reading concludes each entry. Matched by no other work in English, The World's Writing Systems is the only comprehensive resource covering every major writing system. Unparalleled in its scope and unique in its coverage of the way scripts relate to the languages they represent, this is a resource that anyone with an interest in language will want to own, and one that should be a part of every library's reference collection
Language variation in South Asia by William Bright( )

16 editions published between 1990 and 1991 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,325 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

South Asia presents the linguist with a bewildering variety of regional dialects, social dialects, formal and informal registers, literary standards, languages, writing systems, and language families. Written over a period of more than twenty years, these essays by a leading authority on South Asian language cover a broad range of topics in South Asian linguistics. The essays address social dialect, structural borrowing, areal linguistics, the relation between literary and colloquial standards, and the role of written language in South Asian culture from the times of the ancient Indus Valley c
Sociolinguistics : proceedings of the UCLC Sociolinguistics Conference, 1964 by William Bright( Book )

84 editions published between 1964 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 1,239 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

International encyclopedia of linguistics( Book )

17 editions published between 1992 and 2003 in English and held by 1,021 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A four-volume reference comprising approximately seven hundred alphabetically ordered entries, the IEL provides detailed and up-to-date information on all branches of linguistics. The IEL encompasses the full range of the contemporary field of linguistics, including historical, comparative, formal, mathematical, functional, and philosophical linguistics. It gives special attention to interrelations within branches of linguistics and to relations of linguistics with other disciplines, and covers areas of intersection with the social and behavioral sciences, as well as interdisciplinary work in language and literatures, mathematical linguistics, computational linguistics, and applied linguistics. Providing abundant examples with literal glosses and English translations, the IEL offers extensive coverage of languages and language families, from English and Japanese to Hittite and Yoruba. Bringing together the latest information on the diverse subject matters of linguistics, and including a network of cross references, this encyclopedia is an invaluable resource
A coyote reader by William Bright( Book )

10 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and Undetermined and held by 795 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of stories and poems from both traditional Native American tales and modern American writing that show Coyote in roles that range from a divine archetype to an outlaw
Native American placenames of the United States by William Bright( Book )

6 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 699 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume combines historical research and linguistic fieldwork with native speakers from across the United States to present the first comprehensive, up-to-date, scholarly dictionary of American placenames derived from native languages." "Linguist William Bright assembled a team of twelve editorial consultants - experts in Native American languages - and many other native contributors to prepare this lexicon of eleven thousand placenames along with their etymologies. New data from leading scholars make this volume an invaluable reference for students of American Indian culture, folklore, and local histories. Bright's introduction explains his methodology and the contents of each entry. This comprehensive, alphabetical lexicon preserves native language as it details the history and culture found in American indian placenames
Variation and change in language : essays by William Bright( Book )

12 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 626 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Colorado place names by William Bright( )

4 editions published between 1993 and 2004 in English and held by 493 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

California place names; the origin and etymology of current geographical names by Erwin Gustav Gudde( Book )

6 editions published between 1998 and 2010 in English and held by 423 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Like its predecessors, this edition concentrates on the origins of the names currently used for the cities, towns, settlements, mountains, and streams of California, with engrossing accounts of the history of their usage. It differs from its predecessors in three important ways:" "First, the dictionary has been updated to incorporate the latest research on California place names published by regional historians and to include new names that have been added to the California map since 1969, with particular reference to the current place name files of the U.S. Board on Geographic Names, a section of the U.S. Geological Survey." "Second, particular attention has been given to local pronunciations of place names with unusual spellings." "Third, the many California place names of American Indian origin - such as Yreka, Shasta, Napa, Sonoma, Tamalpais, Yosemite, Coachella, or Poway - receive special coverage, based on recent fieldwork carried out by linguists and anthropologists among the California tribes." "The book includes a Glossary and Bibliography that credits all the sources from which information has been obtained and indicates the resources available for readers who wish to do further research."--BOOK JACKET
American Indian linguistics and literature by William Bright( Book )

19 editions published between 1984 and 2014 in English and German and held by 372 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

American Indian languages by Edward Sapir( Book )

20 editions published between 1989 and 2010 in English and German and held by 258 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

American Indian languages, 1. Collected works
Studies in Californian linguistics by William Bright( Book )

11 editions published in 1964 in English and held by 249 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bibliography of the languages of native California : including closely related languages of adjacent areas by William Bright( Book )

11 editions published between 1982 and 1993 in English and held by 232 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Luiseño dictionary by William Bright( Book )

17 editions published between 1968 and 1980 in 3 languages and held by 226 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Southern Paiute and Ute : linguistics and ethnography by Edward Sapir( Book )

11 editions published between 1992 and 2010 in English and held by 221 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wishram texts and ethnography by Edward Sapir( Book )

11 editions published between 1989 and 2010 in English and German and held by 216 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wishram Texts and Ethnography
The Karok language by William Bright( Book )

21 editions published between 1957 and 2003 in 3 languages and held by 214 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Coyote stories by William Bright( Book )

7 editions published between 1978 and 2015 in English and Multiple languages and held by 189 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Animals of acculturation in the California Indian languages by William Bright( Book )

19 editions published between 1960 and 1980 in English and Undetermined and held by 166 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The world's writing systems
The world's writing systemsLanguage variation in South AsiaInternational encyclopedia of linguisticsA coyote readerNative American placenames of the United StatesColorado place namesCalifornia place names; the origin and etymology of current geographical namesAmerican Indian languagesSouthern Paiute and Ute : linguistics and ethnography
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Bright, Bill 1928-2006

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Bright, William Oliver 1928-2006

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