Tuscarora-English / English-Tuscarora Dictionary

By Blair A. Rudes

© 2015

Twenty-five years ago, when Blair Rudes first began his research, there were still some fifty individuals who had learned Tuscarora as a first language and spoke it fluently. Rudes, who had the benefit of working with many of these speakers, has based his dictionary on their teachings. In addition, he draws from the extensive documentation of the language that dates back some 300 years.

Tuscarora is an Iroquoian language originally spoken by inhabitants of the Carolinas. Forced to flee northward in the early eighteenth century, the Tuscaroras are centred today in two main localities: the Six Nations Reserve at Grand River, Ontario, and the Tuscarora Indian Nation Reservation near Lewiston, New York. Only four or five Tuscaroras now remain who can speak their language fluently.

The dictionary is designed for use by the Tuscaroran people in reclaiming their language, and by anthropologists, historians, teachers, and linguists.

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The first dictionary of the Tuscarora language ever published, containing some 4, 000 main entries for particles, roots, and stems, which are illustrated by more than 20, 000 Tuscarora words.

Tuscarora-English / English-Tuscarora Dictionary

By Blair A. Rudes

© 2015

Twenty-five years ago, when Blair Rudes first began his research, there were still some fifty individuals who had learned Tuscarora as a first language and spoke it fluently. Rudes, who had the benefit of working with many of these speakers, has based his dictionary on their teachings. In addition, he draws from the extensive documentation of the language that dates back some 300 years.

Tuscarora is an Iroquoian language originally spoken by inhabitants of the Carolinas. Forced to flee northward in the early eighteenth century, the Tuscaroras are centred today in two main localities: the Six Nations Reserve at Grand River, Ontario, and the Tuscarora Indian Nation Reservation near Lewiston, New York. Only four or five Tuscaroras now remain who can speak their language fluently.

The dictionary is designed for use by the Tuscaroran people in reclaiming their language, and by anthropologists, historians, teachers, and linguists.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 744 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.8in x 1.5in x 10.0in
  • Reviews

    “This monumental work seems destined to become the authoritative source on the Tuscarora lexicon and morpheme inventory, and should definitely be acquired by any scholar or library interested in Iroquoian linguistics or cultural heritage.”


    Edward J. Vajda
    Canadian Journal of Linguistics

    “Rudes’s monumental Tuscarora dictionary is now the most voluminous lexical resource available in print for any Northern Iroquioan language. Both user-friendly and meticulous, it should be of interest especially to Tuscaroras, linguists, and Iroquoianists also for the cultural information that it contains.”


    European Review of Native American Studies

    “An important work of very extensive scholarship ... there is a great deal of data here of many types.”


    Clifford Abbott
    Anthropological Linguistics
  • Author Information

    Blair A. Rudes taught in the Department of Anthropology at the American University in Washington, D.C. He died in 2008.

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