Northern Paiute–Bannock Dictionary
Compiled by Sven Liljeblad, Catherine S. Fowler, and Glenda Powell
American Indian / Linguistics
This dictionary—a monumental achievement that has been decades in the making—is based on the extensive fieldwork of Sven Liljeblad, supplemented by Catherine Fowler’s and Harold Abel’s work. Liljeblad is widely regarded as the foremost Northern Paiute fieldworker, largely due to his work with some of the oldest and most fluent speakers. The 40,000-odd slip files that Liljebald gathered over a period of nearly 50 years served as the major source for this dictionary. The files represent data from eight of the seventeen communities of Northern Paiute speakers, representing all four dialects from over seventy native speakers.
Entries include the term, a phonetic transcription into IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet), community code and consultant, form class or part of speech, an English definition, an example of the word used in a sentence as well as its translation into English, the term’s semantic field, the source of the entry, the various dialectal forms of the term, and cross-reference information. A dictionary such as this is all the more essential today since fewer children are learning the language and it is used less and less in native communities. The vast amount of detail provided for each entry makes this a valuable resource for linguists, native speakers, and those wishing to learn and preserve the Northern Paiute and Bannock languages.
Catherine S. Fowler is professor emerita at the University of Nevada, Reno; research associate with the Nevada State Museum; and research associate in anthropology for the U.S. National Museum of Natural History. She has done linguistic, ethnoecological, and cultural field work among Northern Paiute, Southern Paiute, and Shoshone people of Nevada, Utah, and California. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences.
Table of Contents:
Data Sources and Consultants
Guide to Dictionary Entries
Spelling and Pronunciation
English–Northern Paiute–Bannock Finder List
Northern Paiute–Bannock–English Finder List
Praise and Reviews:
“This is the first comprehensive and widely available published dictionary on the Northern Paiute language. It is a first of its kind. This dictionary can assist learners and language activists in their promotion and strengthening of the Northern Paiute language, and ensures that it is passed down to future generations.”
—Christopher Loether, Idaho State University
"This is an extraordinary compilation of Northern Paiute lexical information and belongs on the shelf of every Numic scholar and linguistic research library. Overall, [its] size makes it the largest dictionary for any of the Numic languages. It is a fine example of the orderly presentation of lexical data in a maximally usable form."
—Studies in Language
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