Onondaga-English / English-Onondaga Dictionary
Published: November 2014© 2003
Imprint: University of Toronto Press
Page Count: 1536 Pages
Dimensions: 6.75 x 9.75
1536 Pages, 6.75 x 9.75 x 2.58 in
Onondaga is an Iroquoian language spoken at the Six Nations Reserve, near Brantford, Ontario, and at Onondaga Nation, near Syracuse, New York. Once spoken by a large Iroquoian population in New York State, Onondaga is now spoken by only a small number of individuals. This comprehensive dictionary – the first of its kind – provides an invaluable tool for the teaching and preservation of the Onondaga language.
The Onondaga-English/English-Onondaga Dictionary is the result of Hanni Woodbury's thirty years of research conducted with contemporary speakers and her study of nineteenth- and twentieth-century textual sources. The dictionary provides meanings and inflections for each lexical base, as well as cross-references for related bases and additional grammatical, phonological, historical, and cultural information. The appendices, organized under the headings 'Nature,' 'People,' and 'Household and Community,' include lists of words that play an important role in daily life. This much-needed resource will be invaluable to ongoing efforts to sustain this endangered language.
‘Woodbury has produced a truly seminal work in Iroquoian lexicography. It will be of lasting importance to speakers and learners of the Onondaga language, the Onondaga people, linguists, social scientists, and the general public.’Michael Foster, Curator Emeritus, Canadian Museum of Civilization
‘The result of more than thirty years of independent research, this is a comprehensive resource for one of the Iroquoian family of languages … Recommended.’R. Hanson, Choice
‘A remarkable resource and an everlasting record of Onondaga in the latter half of the twentieth century.’Keren Rice, University of Toronto Quarterly