Umatilla Dictionary (review)

Umatilla Dictionary (review) Book Reviews Umatilla Dictionary. THE CONFEDERATED TRIBES OF THE UMATILLA INDIAN RESERVATION and NOEL RUDE. [Umatilla Indian Reservation]: The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation; Seattle: University of Washington Press. 2014. Pp. xii + 622. $50.00 (hardcover). Reviewed by Paul D. Kroeber, Indiana University This very welcome and useful dictionary covers one of the southerly dialects of Sahaptin, belonging to a different dialect group from the Northern Sahaptin dialect represented in Beavert and Hargus's work on Yakima (2009). The core of the dictionary is the Umatillato-English section (pp. 52--463); although the total number of entries in this section does not seem to be mentioned anywhere, I estimate, extrapolating from counts of some sample pages, that there are 5,800 or more. The English-to-Umatilla section is much shorter (pp. 465--616) and is effectively an index; it is the Umatilla entries that provide information on grammar and usage, as well as examples. In size and comprehensiveness, the present book is comparable to the Yakima dictionary, although unlike the latter, sound files are not provided. An admittedly nitpicking criticism of the book's title is that it does not identify Umatilla as a dialect of Sahaptin. While most likely readers will doubtless http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Anthropological Linguistics University of Nebraska Press

Umatilla Dictionary (review)

Anthropological Linguistics, Volume 56 (3) – Nov 6, 2014

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Book Reviews Umatilla Dictionary. THE CONFEDERATED TRIBES OF THE UMATILLA INDIAN RESERVATION and NOEL RUDE. [Umatilla Indian Reservation]: The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation; Seattle: University of Washington Press. 2014. Pp. xii + 622. $50.00 (hardcover). Reviewed by Paul D. Kroeber, Indiana University This very welcome and useful dictionary covers one of the southerly dialects of Sahaptin, belonging to a different dialect group from the Northern Sahaptin dialect represented in Beavert and Hargus's work on Yakima (2009). The core of the dictionary is the Umatillato-English section (pp. 52--463); although the total number of entries in this section does not seem to be mentioned anywhere, I estimate, extrapolating from counts of some sample pages, that there are 5,800 or more. The English-to-Umatilla section is much shorter (pp. 465--616) and is effectively an index; it is the Umatilla entries that provide information on grammar and usage, as well as examples. In size and comprehensiveness, the present book is comparable to the Yakima dictionary, although unlike the latter, sound files are not provided. An admittedly nitpicking criticism of the book's title is that it does not identify Umatilla as a dialect of Sahaptin. While most likely readers will doubtless

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