My access to Native American languages is somewhat hampered by my geography (England) and my budget (more or less in a state of nullibiety). I have therefore elected to focus on Cree (Moose) and Navajo, and this post concerns the latter.
I should be most grateful if anyone who has experience with any of the following would do me the kindness of briefly describing the nature and qualities of each:
The Navajo Language: A Grammar and Colloquial Dictionary - Young & Neundorf
Analytical Lexicon of Navajo - Young & Morgan
Diné Bizaad Binahoo'aah - Evangeline Parsons Yazzie
And just for the sake of it, has anyone given a serious look at the aforementioned The Navajo Verb System by Robert Young?
Socrates wrote:Re: Moose Cree - it is primarily the availability thing. The only books I can obtain of any substance are the Spoken Cree series by good old C. Douglas Ellis. Perhaps a little on the dry side, but full of linguistic (and even some cultural) information. It's a shame the only Cree dictionary in print and available is the Alberta Elders' volume... a marvellous lexicon, but a substantially different dialect. I suspect I'll compile my own glossary of Moose once I've acquired a copy of a singularly enticing volume on Cree legends.
I enjoyed reading your own reviews on Amazon (USA) regarding numerous languages, and note from your page on resources on this wonderful site that you have the second book by Alan Wilson. I only have the first, and despite faint printing here and there, find it to be more than useful. How much deeper does the Intermdediate Navajo explore the language? While I'm thinking of it, are there any Navajo texts in modern orthography?
I should very much like to explore the intricacies of other Native American languages. Ideally one or two more from the Athabaskan and Algonquian (any recommendations welcome from anyone, but preferably physical books rather than pdf?)
I'd love to have a decent look at something rom the Iroquois (sadly difficult to encounter in the UK); definitely something from the Sioux (already have Hocak Teaching Materials vol 1, but not really suitable for learning from scratch); Muskogean (perhaps Chickasaw or Creek); Uto-Aztecan (Comanche seems reasonably available here).
księżycowy wrote:Hmmmm, a tall order indeed!
When I tried searching for the Beginning Lakota series, I ended up on a most fascinating page from UCLA which brought loads of other works as well, including a book alluringly entitled 550 Dakota Verbs. It has lists for others, including Navajo, Cree and Cherokee.
Shoshoni looks promising. The Introduction to Shoshoni is available in the benighted backwaters of Britain, as well as Newe Hupia, which appears to be a bilingual treatment of Shoshoni songs, and with a reasonably hefty glossary. Thanks for the recommendation.
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