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Ives Goddard

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Harvard College

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Ives Goddard, formally known as Robert Hale Ives Goddard, III, is an American linguist and curator at the Department of Anthropology of the National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian Institution. He is widely considered as the leading expert on Algonquian languages and the larger Algic family.


Early life and education[]

In 1963, Goddard received his Bachelor of Arts from Harvard College, and six years later, in 1969, he received his PhD from the same college. From 1966 to 1969, he was a Junior Fellow of the Harvard Society of Fellows.


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Handbook of North American Indians, volume 17, edited by Ives Goddard.

After receiving his doctorate, he taught at Harvard College as a junior professor.

In 1975, Goddard moved to working at the Smithsonian Institution. His own field research is focused mainly on the Delaware languages and the Meskwaki (Fox) Native Americans. He is also known for his work on the studies of the Algonquian Massachusett language and the history of the Cheyenne language. He has also published work on the history of the Algonquian Arapahoan branch, whose two extant representatives are Arapaho and Gros Ventre.

He is a distinguished figure in the study of methodology of historical linguistics. Goddard has also played an important role in the critique of crank historical linguistic work.

Goddard is the linguistic and technical editor of the Handbook of North American Indians.