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Frances Karttunen - Publications since 2000


2015. Something Should Be Done

2014. Nantucket's North Shore: A Neighborhood History

2013. Ways Off Shore

2012. Moses Tapped The Washing Pond

2011. Good Things From Nantucket’s North Shore: A Culinary Memoir

2010. Nantucket Places and People 4: Underground

2009. Nantucket Places and People 3: Out of Town

2009. Nantucket Places and People 2: South of Main Street

2009. Nantucket Places and People 1: Main Street to the North Shore

2007. Law and Disorder in Old Nantucket. (Second edition 2009)

2005. The Other Islanders: People Who Pulled Nantucket’s Oars. New Bedford: Spinner Publications.

Opera libretto

2005. La Conquista, with Lorenzo Ferrero. Premiere production as Montezuma in March 2005. Commissioned by The National Theater, Prague.


“Rethinking Malinche.”

Contributions to Educational Website

“Aztec Voices Across the Centuries”

“Aztec Song”

“Doña Marina” Parts 1 and 2

“Nahuatl Borrowings from Spanish”

Edited Volume

2000. Issues of Minority Peoples, edited with Jan-Ola Östman. Occasional Papers of the Department of General Linguistics 31. Helsinki: University of Helsinki Department of General Linguistics.


2010. "Finding Freedom on Nantucket." In Nantucket Magazine, Winter 2010: 25-27.

2007. “Putnam’s Challenge: Creating Community Connection Through Public History.” In Communities and Connections: Writings in North American Studies, edited by Ari Helo. Renvall Institute, University of Helsinki: 54-60.

2006.“Making Their Mark: African Nantucketers and Literacy.” In Nantucket’s People of Color: Essays on History, Politics and Community, edited by Robert Johnson Jr. University Press of America: 161-177.

“Captain Boston Had A Wife: Nantucket’s Black Women Made Their Mark.” In Nantucket Life, 2006 Annual (a special issue of Cape Cod Life Publications): 32-37.

“The Portrait of Absalom Boston.” In Historic Nantucket. Vol. 55, No. 1: 11-14.

2005. “Spotlight on The Other Islanders.” In Nantucket Magazine. Early Summer 2005: 74-82.

Review of Black and White Women’s Travel Narratives: Antebellum Explorations by Cheryl Fish; Narrative of the Life and Travels of Mrs. Nancy Prince, Written by Herself; and A Black Woman’s Odyssey Through Russia and Jamaica: The Narrative of Nancy Prince, edited by Ronald G. Walters. In Historic Nantucket, Vol. 54, No. 1: 18-19.

“Nahuatl for the Twenty-First Century.” Review article about twelve books published between 2001 and 2004: Making Dictionaries: Preserving Indigenous Languages of the Americas, edited by Frawley, Hill, and Munro; Hippocrene Concise Dictionary: Nahuatl-English, English-Nahuatl (Herrera); Arte de la lengua Mexicans... (Olmos); Grammar of the Mexican Language with an Explanation of Its Adverbs (Carochi); Nahuatl as Written... (Lockhart); Introduction to Classical Nahuatl, 2nd edition (Andrews); Workbook for Introduction to Classical Nahuatl (Andrews); A Guide to Nahuatl Language Manuscripts Held in United States Repositories (Schwaller); Nahua Confraternities... The 1552 Nahuatl Ordinances (Molina); Sahagún at Five Hundred (Schwaller, ed.); Bernardino de Sahagún: First Anthropologist (León-Portilla); Seven Myths of the Spanish Conquest (Restall). In Ethnohistory 52 2: 449-77.

2004. “The Adventurous John Egle.” In Historic Nantucket, Vol. 53, No. 1: 9-11.

2003. “Nikita Carpenko.” In Historic Nantucket, Vol. 52, No. 3: 13-15.

“In Memoriam: Elizabeth Alden Little.” In Historic Nantucket, Vol. 52, No. 4: 26.

2002. “Dorcas Honorable: The Life and Heritage of an Oft-Married Woman” and “Diversity Comes to Nantucket.” In Historic Nantucket, Vol. 51, No. 1: 15-20.

“Living in the China Closet.” In Historic Nantucket, Vol. 51, No. 4: 15-17.

2001. “Dorcas Honorable: a Much-Married Woman.” In Roots and Renewal: Writings by Bicentennial Fulbright Professors, edited by Mark Shackleton and Maarika Toivonen. Helsinki: Renvall Institute: 72-76.

“Nahuatl.” In Facts About the World’s Languages, edited by Jane Garry and Carl Rubino. New York and Dublin: The H. W. Wilson Company. A New England Publishing Associates Book: 502-505.

“Texts from my grandmother’s autograph book.” In Postcards, Implicitness, Construction, edited by Ville Laakso, Jaakko Leino, and Jarno Raukko. Helsinki: Festschrift for Jan-Ola Östman: 16-22.

2000. “Nantucket in a New England Dialect Atlas.” In Historic Nantucket, Vol. 49, No. 3: 15-17.

“Approaching the Semimillenium: Language Contact in Latin America.” In Uto-Aztecan Structural, Temporal, and Geographic Perspectives: Papers in Memory of Wick R. Miller by the Friends of Uto-Aztecan, edited by Eugene H. Casad and Thomas L. Willet. Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico: Universidad de Sonora: 387-409.

“Interpreters Snatched from the Shore.” In The Language Encounter in the Americas, 1492 to 1800, edited by Edward G. Gray and Norman Fiering. New York: Berghahn Books: 215-229.

“Raising the Alarm for Endangered Languages.” In Issues of Minority Peoples, edited by Frances Karttunen and Jan-Ola Östman. Occasional Papers of the Department of General Linguistics 31. Helsinki: University of Helsinki Department of General Linguistics: 17-36.

“Apéndice: Mowentike Chalman/Los peregrinos de Chalma de Jean Charlot.” In Jean Charlot: Escritos sobre arte mexicano, edited by Peter Morse and John Charlot.

“The Linguistic Career of Doña Luz Jiménez.” In Estudios de cultura náhuatl 30: 267-274, and in Luz Jiménez. símbolo de un pueblo milenario 1897-1965 (exhibit catalogue). Mexico City: Ediciones Gernika: 121-131 (Spanish) and 151-153 (English).

Review of Indigenous Literacies of the Americas: Language Planning from the Bottom Up, edited by Nancy Hornberger. New York: Mouton de Gruyter, 1997. And International Journal of the Sociology of Language 132: Indigenous Language Use and Change in the Americas, edited by Teresa L. McCarty and Ofelia Zepeda. New York: Mouton de Gruyter, 1998. In Ethnohistory 47.3-4: 827-831.