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)




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  • 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.

  • 5
    Lakota Grammar workbook

    Posted by Carolyn Tail on Jun 3rd 2020

    Working through this book is making it all come together so I can actually figure out what I want to say. For me it was the piece I was missing!