A Reference Grammar of the Onondaga Language
Published: January 2018© 2018
Imprint: University of Toronto Press
Page Count: 504 Pages
Dimensions: 7.40 x 10.10
504 Pages, 7.40 x 10.10 x 1.40 in
A Reference Grammar of the Onondaga Language is a text-based reference grammar of a highly endangered language. The Onondaga language is a Northern Iroquoian language spoken at Six Nations Reserve near Brantford Ontario and at Onondaga Nation near Syracuse, New York. The approach was chosen to insure that the language not be seen through an English filter. The source materials come from many years of the author's own field work, and from extensive documentation of Onondaga texts dating back to the late nineteenth century.
Woodbury uses the many text examples to provide detailed and careful explanations of the language's phonological and grammatical processes and takes particular care to explain the technical vocabulary she uses for the convenience of students of the language.
Intended as a companion volume to the Onondaga-English/English-Onondaga Dictionary published by University of Toronto Press in 2003, A Reference Grammar of the Onondaga Language is an accessible guide for students and teachers of the Iroquoian languages, and for the non-Iroquoian linguist with interests in comparative work on Indigenous languages and culture.
2. The Sound System
3. Parts of Speech
4. The Verb
5. Nouns and Nominal Expressions
7. Syntactic Constructions
"Representing the lifework of a careful and thorough scholar, A Reference Grammar of the Onondaga Language is a timely work on a highly endangered language and integrates precise fieldwork and close analysis. Other Iroquoianists will certainly be hungry for a work of this caliber and extent, and Woodbury has structured the grammar to make it accessible to non-Iroquoian linguists with interests in comparative or universal work."Clifford Abbott, Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
"The writing − the wording − is elegant. Students of Onondaga, and students of other Iroquoian languages, will find this comprehensive reference work, with its careful scholarship, an indispensable resource."Karin Michelson, Professor, University at Buffalo (SUNY)