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Nakón-wico’i’e né uspénic’iciyac / Practising Nakoda - A Thematic Dictionary

Nakón-wico’i’e né uspénic’iciyac / Practising Nakoda

A Thematic Dictionary

Paperback : 9781779400185, 216 pages, October 2024
Hardcover : 9781779400192, 216 pages, October 2024
Expected to ship: 2024-10-15
Expected to ship: 2024-10-15


A user-friendly guide that teaches the core Nakoda vocabulary and how to use it in conversation

Practising Nakoda contains basic Nakoda vocabulary, organized into 30 themes (such as animals, clothing, directions, and time) and divided into sections meant to enhance daily and ceremonial communication (including dances, ceremonies, and ceremonial clothing). The guide provides the basic words for every theme from which the reader can forge a general view of word formation patterns.

In a thematic dictionary, words are not organized alphabetically but are grouped according to the root element or their meaning. Since Nakoda is a polysynthetic language where words are often built up with many elements that attach to the root, this is a necessary format that enhances the learner’s “morphological awareness.” The guide will help learners identify the root of each word, along with the “morphemes,” critical to the successful learning of the Nakoda language, and the comprehension of complex vocabulary.