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Robert Hale Ives Goddard III (1941–) is a linguist and a curator emeritus in the Department of Anthropology of the National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian Institution. He is widely considered the leading expert on the Algonquian languages and the larger Algic language family.
Early life and education
After earning his doctorate, Goddard taught for several years at Harvard as a junior professor.
In 1975, he moved to the Smithsonian Institution. His own field research in linguistics has concentrated on the Delaware languages and Meskwaki (Fox). He is also known for work on the Algonquian Massachusett language, and the history of the Cheyenne language. He has also published on the history of the Arapahoan branch of Algonquian: its two current lines that are extant are Arapaho and Gros Ventre, spoken by tribal members in the West.
Goddard is a prominent figure in the study of the methodology of historical linguistics. He has played a significant role in critiquing crank historical linguistic work.
He is the linguistic and technical editor of the Handbook of North American Indians.
He received the Kenneth L. Hale Award.
- Ives Goddard homepage, National Museum of Natural History
- Department of Anthropology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution
- Harvard Society of Fellows
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