Lakota Grammar Handbook 2nd Edition

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Together with the New Lakota Dictionary, this pedagogically oriented grammar textbook offers the most comprehensive documentation of the Lakota language to date, providing a self-study reference and practice guide for second language learners of Lakota, as well as a reference material for linguistic researchers, Lakota language teachers, and native speakers. Based on authentic narratives and dialogues recorded from hundreds of Lakota speakers, this book helps the learner gain a deeper understanding of how native speakers describe their worldview in terms of grammatical structures and cultural patterns.

The 2nd Edition contains substantial additions to the appendix and three new units covering simultaneous verb constructions.


I don't think I've ever read a better grammar of any North American language (the languages I care about). This is certainly an extraordinary document that should serve as a model for all others aiming to do the same kind of thing: documenting a language in its full richness and detail, but making it all accessible to motivated and sophisticated readers (not necessarily linguists) as well as linguists.
Marianne Mithun (University of California, Santa Barbara)

This is the most detailed and accurate grammar of Lakota ever, and will serve as a reference grammar and as a pedagogical grammar for a long time to come.
Willem de Reuse (University of Northern Texas)

This book is very helpful for us fluent speaking teachers. It gives detailed explanations and overviews of the sentence structures and conjugation patterns. It also reminds us of a lot of the traditional words that we used to hear from our grandparents when growing up. This brings back good memories and shows how rich our language is.
Thomas Red Bird (Lakota Immersion Nest, Standing Rock)


 New Copies of the Lakota Grammar Handbook 2nd Edition are not expected until spring 2024.


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  • 5
    Lakota Grammar

    Posted by Kyle on Jul 19th 2021

    Wow! I was amazed when I received this book as it was twice as big as expected. Just opening it up for a first look, I was immediately struck by the amount of work that went it to creating this book. I am even more amazed as I have begun using it. The layout is fantastic with each lesson/concept immediately followed by a worksheet to make sure you understand the material. I especially like that the word and sentence examples are thoughts we would use in everyday life, so they "stick" better in memory! This grammar book is just fantastic and I am excited to learn even more Lakota from it! Thanks to all who had a hand (and voice) in creating this book!

  • 5
    Lakota Grammar Book

    Posted by Mercer Johnsey on Jul 18th 2021

    Wonderful book. Very thorough. Great layout makes it easy to navigate.

  • 5
    An excellent book.

    Posted by Deborah Calvert on Jun 4th 2021

    As a newcomer to the Lakota language, I find this text book very useful and informative. I think of it as being user friendly as there are plenty of coloured diagrams to ease the learning along. Plus there a lot of exercises for the reader to flex their mental muscles and see how they are progressing. If you couple this with the Lakota dictionary then you have a really good grounding to learn this fascinating language. Well worth owning this book as it means the student has the ability to correct mistakes before they become deep rooted.

  • 4

    Posted by OSTMAN LYNDA on May 15th 2021

    It's complete with a good organisation of the items and a progressive approach. May be aliitle bit big and heavy. I would prefer a two volumes book.

  • 5
    Lakota grammar

    Posted by Frank Brooks on Apr 15th 2021

    Much better than buchel's

  • 5
    Lakota Grammar Handbook

    Posted by Polly A Puckett on Feb 14th 2021

    I gave this book the best rating because I bought it for a Native American reservation in Pine Ridge, and it was on their Wish List. So, I figured it has to be a very good book.

  • 5
    It is the best and most complete Lakota gramma. The gramma units and worksheets make the langage very accessible for any language learner.

    Posted by Johan Quintens on Jul 22nd 2020

    The spelling system of the Lakota Alphabet is very useful to get the right prononciation and is easy to learn. A wonderful publication which also intoduces you to the Lakota culture.

  • 5
    Lakota Grammar Handbook

    Posted by Jason Storlie on Jul 12th 2020

    An amazingly detailed publication! The dedication of the authors, Jan Ullrich and Ben Black Bear Jr. shines through. The material gently immerses the student into the study of Lakota language. This is a book that I will proudly own and study for the rest of my life! Philámayaye!

  • 5
    Review of Lakota grammar book

    Posted by Dan Jackson on Jun 3rd 2020

    This book is very helpful in learning the Lakota language from the basic to advanced sentence structure.