New Lakota and Dakota Dictionary Published


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New Lakota and Dakota Dictionary Published

After 25 years of work, the Lakota Language Consortium published the New Lakota-Dakota Dictionary in December 2008. The goal of the 20,000-word dictionary is to recover and preserve the languages of the Lakota and Dakota people. More than 300 speakers from all representative speech communities of the Northern Plains region participated in the project. Lakota Language Consortium Executive Director Wil Meya says the dictionary is "an indispensable resource for both advanced language users as well as beginning students." Following publication, the consortium circulated more than 400 free copies to Lakota and Dakota language consultants, schools, and education programs. "Re-establishing Lakota and Dakota as living languages is an ongoing process that relies on the interest and involvement of native speakers, language and education experts, as well as tribal and community leaders," Meya says. "The New Lakota-Dakota Dictionary provides a nexus for these language communities to engage a new generation of Lakota and Dakota speakers." The publication of the dictionary was made possible through contributions from the Dakota Indian Foundation of Chamberlain, South Dakota; Germany's Tatanka Oyate Foundation; the Grotto Foundation of Minneapolis, Minnesota; the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community of Lake Prior, Minnesota; and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

From "Revitalizing Lakota and Dakota Languages—One Word at a Time"
Ascribe Newswire (CA) (05/06/09)

Source: ATA Newsbriefs - May 2009
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