The New Lakota Dictionary is the most modern and comprehensive volume of its kind to emerge in the last 75 years and serves as the benchmark for both the Lakota and Dakota languages in the 21st century. The volume is the result of 25-years of linguistic work with over 300 speakers from all the representative speech communities and the incorporation of all available Lakota and Dakota textual resources. The dictionary represents the language with complete historical and contemporary accuracy within the encompassing Northern Plains region including: Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Nebraska.
This 23,000-word Second Edition of the NLD provides a reliable, accurate, and user-friendly reference text and serves as a central component of the revitalization movement. It is an indispensable resource for advanced language users as well as beginning students of the language and has many innovative features including:
Over 40,000 example sentences, usage notes, and collocations; A modern layout that makes it easy to find words and their usage; 3,160 more entries than the first edition of the NLD; A standard orthography that adequately marks all meaningful sounds in the language; All verb entries include conjugation paradigms; Special symbols that mark the 3,000 most important words; Descriptions of word-stems and stem nests.
The volume forms the foundation for Lakota and Dakota languages and provides the basis upon which students, teachers, and community members can move forward with confidence in restoring the living language. *** 2009 Bronze Medal Winner - Reference-IPPY ***