LINGUIST List 13.3104

Tue Nov 26 2002

Books: Language Description: Ingham

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  1. LINCOM.EUROPA, Lakota: Ingham

Message 1: Lakota: Ingham

Date: Tue, 26 Nov 2002 10:40:25 +0000
Subject: Lakota: Ingham

Title: Lakota
Series Title: Languages of the World/Materials 426
Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: Lincom Europa

Author: Bruce Ingham 
Hardback: ISBN: 3895868493, Pages: 130, Price: USD 40 / EUR 40 / GBP
Lakota is a language of the Siouan family spoken in the region of the
Northern Plains of America. Speakers of Lakota and the related Dakota
dialect were traditionally known in English as the Sioux Indians and
were a powerful and numerous component of the horse born plains
culture since the mid 1700s. There are now thought to be around
20,000 speakers mainly in the states of North and South Dakota and in
Saskatchewan in Canada.

Lakota has a complex derivational and relational morphology with
relational morphology centred on the verb. This shows prefixes,
suffixes, infixes and reduplication. The main word classes are verb,
noun, adverb, postposition and conjunction. The language is
remarkable for its extensive use of adverbs and for its elaborate
system of stems of circumstantial meaning. Its syntax is interesting
for its use of stem truncation associated with subordination,
producing participle-like words from verbs and incorporating nouns as

Bruce Ingham is Reader in Arabic Linguistic Studies at the School of
Oriental and African Studies of London University. He has worked on
Arabic since the 1960s and begun working on Lakota in 1992. He has
done field work in South Dakota and Canada and is the author of an
English-Lakota Dictionary, 2001.

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Lingfield(s): Language Description
Subject Language(s): Lakota (Language Code: LKT)

Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

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