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
    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!

  • 5
    I very much look forward to receive to the book.

    Posted by George Valentin Roman on Apr 12th 2018

    I already sent a question (without reply) about the time you think it will take it to arrive in Romania? The order date is Apr 2nd 2018.
    Líla wóphila tȟáŋka!

    From what I could see, definitely, 5 stars.

  • 5
    Glad to have it !

    Posted by Philippe Guyot (France) on Feb 23rd 2018

    At first glance, (I've got it just today), it seem to contain all I need to get a better approch of Lakhotiya. This handbook really is the "must have it" for any beginner (student).

  • 5
    Quality educational material

    Posted by Matt on Dec 19th 2017

    Organized in a way that fosters learning very well. The short lessons are effective and they make it easy to study even when you don't have big blocks of time to devote to study. Thank you for making this material available.

  • 5

    Posted by Hanna Lindenberg on Nov 14th 2017

    Even though I live in Germany the Grammar arrived in no time at all.
    As it only arrived 3 days ago I can't say much more. On leafing through it Looks great and I can't wait to get started on it.....

  • 5

    Posted by Unknown on Sep 18th 2017

    Thank you very much, it meets my expectations.

  • 5
    Outstanding Lakota Grammar / Workbook

    Posted by Alan Tischler, Baltimore, Maryland on Jun 13th 2017

    I have just purchased from LLC the long-awaited Lakota Grammar Handbook. The format is essentially one page of instruction on the left and one page of exercises on the right. The book is exceptionally well-planned and produced. The content is comprehensive. I already have Speak Lakota 1-5, CDs 1-4 and the New Lakota Dictionary. These are all excellent productions. I look forward to Speak Lakota 6-8 and also a reader in Lakota, maybe a novel. It is important to have contemporary reading matter in Lakota.

  • 5
    Challenging resource to study Lakota language

    Posted by Maggie Ekstrom on Apr 1st 2017

    I have only had my Lakota Grammar Handbook for a short time. It is well-organized and nicely illustrated. I have studied several other languages before, but this one looks like a real challenge.