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A Grammar of Lakota

A Grammar of Lakota

Dakota Grammar

Dakota Grammar

Reading & Writing the Lakota Language

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Reading & Writing The Lakota Language
Author: Albert White Hat, Sr. - Lakota

Based on extensive research and pedagogy on the Rosebud Reservation, this elementary grammar of Lakota, one of three languages spoken by the Sioux nation, is the first written by a native Lakota speaker. It presents the Sicangu dialect using an orthography developed by Lakota in 1982 and which is now supplanting older systems provided by linguists and missionaries. This new approach represents a powerful act of self-determination for Indian education.

Though Reading And Writing The Lakota Language is thorough in its inclusion of conjugation, syntax, and sentence structure, it emphasizes vocabulary and pronunciation. Author Albert White Hat Sr. presents Lakota philosophy as it applies to specific grammar lessons. These examples offer new information and interpretations of Lakota spirituality and society, even to scholars who specialize in Plains cultures. Moreover, he documents the impact of the acculturation process on language, showing how Lakota evolved as a result of non-Indian influences. Beyond language instruction, readers will value the book for its cultural insights, humorous stories, and its entertaining tone.

Product Details
230 pages
Publisher: University of Utah Press (February 26, 1999)
ISBN-10: 0874805724
ISBN-13: 978-0874805727
Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 7 x 0.6 inches
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