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550 Dakota Verbs
     

550 Dakota Verbs

by Harlan LaFontaine, Neil McKay
 
The Dakota language owes much of its expansiveness to its verbs, or action words. Yet until now, students of Dakota have had few resources in verb usage and conjugation beyond nineteenth-century dictionaries compiled by missionaries.

550 Dakota Verbs provides students of Dakota—and the Lakota and Nakota dialects—the proper conjugations for 550 verbs from

Overview

The Dakota language owes much of its expansiveness to its verbs, or action words. Yet until now, students of Dakota have had few resources in verb usage and conjugation beyond nineteenth-century dictionaries compiled by missionaries.

550 Dakota Verbs provides students of Dakota—and the Lakota and Nakota dialects—the proper conjugations for 550 verbs from adi (to step or walk on) to zo (to whistle). Compiled by Dakota language teachers and students, the book is learner friendly and easy to use. It features clear explanations of Dakota pronoun and conjugation patterns, notes on traditional and modern usages, and handy Dakota-English and English-Dakota verb lists.

Designed to enhance everyday conversation as well as contribute to the revitalization of this endangered language, 550 Dakota Verbs is an indispensable resource for all who are interested in Dakota and its dialects. An appendix features John P. Williamson's indispensable guide to verb formation and usage from An English-Dakota Dictionary.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780873515245
Publisher:
Minnesota Historical Society Press
Publication date:
04/01/2005
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
406,031
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Neil McKay teaches Dakota language classes at the University of Minnesota and at community learning sites. He is a member of North Dakota’s Spirit Lake Dakota reservation.

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