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Lakota dictionary : Lakota-English/English-Lakota
Buechel, Eugene.
Personal Author:
New comprehensive edition.
Publication Information:
Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, [2002]

Physical Description:
xxi, 530 pages ; 27 cm
General Note:
Rev. ed. of: A dictionary of the Teton Dakota Sioux language. 1970.

Format :


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Material Type
Home Location
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PM1024.Z9 L333 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
PM1024.Z9 L333 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Reference

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The most complete and up-to-date dictionary of Lakota available, this new edition of Eugene Buechel's classic dictionary contains over thirty thousand entries and will serve as an essential resource for everyone interested in preserving, speaking, and writing the Lakota language today.

This new comprehensive edition has been reorganized to follow a standard dictionary format and offers a range of useful features: both Lakota-to-English and English-to-Lakota sections; the grouping of principal parts of verbs; the translation of all examples of Lakota word usa≥ the syllabification of each entry word, followed by its pronunciation; and a lucid overview of Lakota grammar.

This monumental new edition celebrates the vitality of the Lakota language today and will be a valuable resource for students and teachers alike.

Author Notes

Eugene Buechel, S.J., (1874-1954) spent much of his life working among the Lakotas and recording their words and stories. He is the author of Lakota Tales and Text in Translation . Paul Manhart, S.J., is a pastoral assistant at Red Cloud Indian School in Pine Ridge, South Dakota.

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Choice Review

This dictionary and its previous edition really began in the late 19th century when Father Eugene Buechel came to the US to work with the Lakota at their mission schools. He began to collect words for the artifacts and the plant forms he gathered. His word collection was finally published in 1970. This second edition follows standard dictionary format and includes several changes. In the Lakota to English section, not only are pronunciation, part of speech, definition, and examples of usage and their sources included, but also syllabication, principal parts of verbs, roots of verbs, and changes in verb stems. Some words in the English to Lakota section are grouped under a larger heading; for example, "ankle," "back," and "tonsils" are listed under "body," and "household," "baby," and "mother-in-law" under "family." The dictionary includes the Lakota alphabet, a guide to pronunciation, rules for reading and writing Lakota (including simple and complex sentences, tense, and mood), a section on verbs, and a list of word sources. An important work for the history of the Lakota. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. All academic libraries with Native American collections and public and school libraries serving Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota peoples. D. D. Siles formerly, Elmhurst College

Table of Contents

Guide to Pronunciation
Guide to the use of the Dictionary
Grammar Section
Classes and Paradigms of Verbs
Word Sources
Abbreviations Lakota to English English to Lakota
Appendix A Bible History references
Appendix B Teton Lakota Society
Appendix C Bibliography