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Concise Dictionary of Minnesota Ojibwe
by John Nichols
contributions by Earl Nyholm
University of Minnesota Press, 1994
Paper: 978-0-8166-2428-7 | Cloth: 978-0-8166-2427-0
Library of Congress Classification PM853.N53 1995
Dewey Decimal Classification 497.3

Sample entries:

bawa'iganaak na rice knocker (stick for wild rice harvesting); pl bawa'iganaakoog; loc bawa'iganaakong; dim bawa'iganaakoons


AIRPLANE: bemisemagak, -in ni-pt

The most up-to-date resource for those interested in the linguistic and cultural heritage of the Anishinaabe, A Concise Dictionary of Minnesota Ojibwe contains more than 7,000 of the most frequently used Ojibwe words. Presented in Ojibwe-English and English-Ojibwe sections, this dictionary spells words to reflect their actual pronunciation with a direct match between the letters used and the speech sounds of Ojibwe. It contains many ancient words and meanings as well as language added in the twentieth century.

Most entries give several sample inflected forms such as the plural, diminutive, and locative forms of nouns and first person and participle forms of verbs. The basic patterns of Ojibwe word structure and the organization of the dictionary entries are clearly explained in the introduction. The most widely used modern standard writing system for Ojibwe is used throughout, and some of the key objects of Ojibwe life are authentically illustrated by coauthor and artist Earl Nyholm.

Acknowledged as one of the three largest Native American languages, Ojibwe is spoken in many local varieties in the Upper Midwest and across Central and Eastern Canada. Minnesota Ojibwe is spoken in Central and Northern Minnesota, and is very similar to the Ojibwe spoken in the Ontario-Minnesota border region, Wisconsin, and Michigan's Upper Peninsula. A Concise Dictionary of Minnesota Ojibwe is an essential reference for all students of Ojibwe culture, history, language, and literature.

"This dictionary is an essential addition to the study and preservation of the Ojbwe language." Lorie Roy, American Indian Libraries Newsletter

Winner of a 1995 Minnesota Book Award

John D. Nichols is professor of Native studies and linguistics at the University of Manitoba. He is the editor of several volumes of Ojibwe language texts.
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