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A Dictionary of the Ojibway Language

Title: A Dictionary of the Ojibway Language

Author: Friedrich Baraga
Format: Paperback
List Price: $24.95
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A Dictionary of the Ojibway Language

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This dictionary, compiled nearly 150 years ago, remains the most comprehensive and accurate lexicon available of the Ojibway language. Baraga (1797-1868), a priest from Slovenia, was sent in 1833 as a missionary among the Ojibway living in the Lake Superior region. The multilingual Baraga quickly learned the Ojibway language and over many years worked within the community to produce the phonetic spellings on which modern orthography is based. In 1853 the first edition of A Dictionary of the Otchipwe Language Explained in English was published. An enlarged edition of the dictionary followed in 1878 and is the version now reprinted.

Product Details
  • Paperback: 731 pages
  • Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Press; Reprint edition (October 1, 1992)
  • ISBN: 0873512812
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.4 x 1.6 inches
  • Average Customer Review: based on 2 reviews.

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful:

historical value, June 22, 2003

Reviewer: "linguist-guy" (boston)

when I look closely it becomes pretty obvious that long vowels are marked sporadically, and I doubt its a matter of replacing every circumflex with a double letter, some long ones are not marked at all; I also suppose the language could have changed (that's what people say about Petitiot, a different language, but it's the same); this book has certain historical value, regarding the language, linguistics, but I wouldn't use it to learn the language, it would just give me a terrible accent, go for Nyholm and Nichols

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful:

A Useful Reference, June 18, 2000
Reviewer: A reader
In addition to words for basic conversational speech, Father Baraga's dictionary contains translations of household items, tools, implements and transactions as various as coffee, lamp, augur, pulley, bill of divorce and trading license. Although Baraga authored his work prior to the Civil War, his method of spelling the Ojibwe words utilizes familiar letters and accent markings which a standard keyboard reproduces; however, with an acceptably moderate amount of effort, one can make the slight alterations to Baraga's spelling in order to accommodate usage of the double-vowel system that one can see in modern literature or in personal use on the internet. Within a new forward to the dictionary, Professor John D. Nichols highlights the differences between the two orthographies. The greatest strength of this dictionary lies within the size and diversity of its vocabulary.

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