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Roots of the Huron Language
by Pierre Potier

Father Pierre Potier, S.J. (1708-1781) learned the Huron language and developed a grammar in order to be able to work among the Hurons at Lorette and Ile-aux-Boix-Blancs. The language died out about a hundred years ago. His work was inspired by that of Étienne de Carheil (1635-1726), a Jesuit missionary of the 17th century.

His book Radices linguae huronicae summarizes the root forms of Huron vocabulary and gives some verb conjugations.

The Archive of the Jesuits in Canada has three examples of this kind of work that were written between 1743 and 1752.

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