The first comprehensive lexicographic work on Cayuga, an Iroquoian language spoken in southern Ontario at Six Nations of the Grand River, this dictionary, combines the work of Dyck, a professor of linguistics, and Froman, Keye, and Keye, all Cayuga language teachers at Six Nations. It contains over 3000 entries, including 1000 verb forms and many nouns never before printed; extensive cross-referencing, thematic appendices that highlight cultural references and provide 1600 further entries, and a short grammatical sketch complete this accomplished work.
Entries in the main dictionary are organized by bases, which will make the dictionary especially helpful to those learning Cayuga as a second language. The dictionary's accuracy and extensiveness will make it an indispensable reference not only to the Cayuga speaker and student, but also to other Iroquoian speakers, linguists, anthropologists, and historians of Indigenous Peoples.
Produced under the auspices of the Sweetgrass First Nations Language Council Inc.
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- Page Count: 786 pages
- Dimensions: 6.9in x 1.6in x 9.7in
‘The first extensive dictionary of Cayuga, this benchmark work documents the language in 3,000 entries and in word lists organized thematically in appendixes ... A valuable tool for linguists of Iroquoian languages and anthropologists, as well as those who study the Cayuga language. Summing up: Highly recommended.’
‘A major milestone in Iroquoian studies and an extremely important tool in the preservation of the Cayuga language.’
Blair A. Rudes, Department of English, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Author InformationFrances Froman has taught the Cayuga language since 1978.
Alfred J. Keye is a Faith Keeper and Cayuga language teacher.
Lottie Keye is a Faith Keeper and Cayuga language teacher.
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