Reading and Writing the Lakota Language: Lakota Iyapi Un Wowapi Nahan Yawapi

Reading and Writing the Lakota Language: Lakota Iyapi Un Wowapi Nahan Yawapi

by Albert White Hat Sr
     
 

Based on extensive research and pedagogy on the Rosebud Reservation, this elementary grammar of Lakota, one of the 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

Overview

Based on extensive research and pedagogy on the Rosebud Reservation, this elementary grammar of Lakota, one of the 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, it emphasizes vocabulary and pronunciation. Author Albert White Hat Sr. presents Lakota philosophy as it applies to specific grammar lessons. Moreover, he documents the impact of the acculturation process on the language, showing how Lakota evolved as a result of non-Indian influences. The textual example offers new information and interpretation of Lakota society, even to scholars who specialize n Plains cultures. Beyond language instruction, readers will value the book for its cultural insights, humorous stories, and its entertaining tone.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
 “Every Indian language should have a book like this.”
Journal of Anthropological Research
Booknews
The author reverses the traditional method of explaining language by showing through examples, anecdotes and lessons how people speak and think. He shows that once the words and phrases are seen in the context of people's social lives, language comes naturally, incorporating and educating the reader into the community and revealing the linguistic play characteristics of the people. A complete set of spoken-language tapes (573-2, $12.95) is available to accompany the text. Paper edition (572-4), $24.95. Set of paper edition and tapes, $34. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780874805727
Publisher:
University of Utah Press
Publication date:
02/28/1999
Pages:
230
Sales rank:
511,566
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

 Albert White Hat, Sr. is a professor at Sinte Gleska University.

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