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Anishinaubae Thesaurus

Anishinaubae Thesaurus

Basil H. Johnston
Copyright Date: 2007
Pages: 205
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    Anishinaubae Thesaurus
    Book Description:

    The Anishinaubae (Chippewa/Ojibwe) language has a beauty in the spoken word, a deliberate rhythm, simplicity, and mysterious second meanings. When Basil Johnston began teaching the Anishinaubae language, in the late 1960s, there were no related manuals or dictionaries that were suitable for beginners. To fill this void, Johnston wrote a language course and a lexicon to fill for the course materials. Now he has broadened this labor by compilingAnishinaubae Thesaurus, which goes even further to fill a deep cultural and linguistic void. This thesaurus contains a useful sampling of the 400,000 words that comprise the Anishinaubae language, and it is intended to be a practical reference tool for teachers, translators, interpreters, and orthographers.

    eISBN: 978-1-60917-055-4
    Subjects: Sociology, Language & Literature

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  3. Preface
    (pp. vii-xii)
  4. Nouns
    (pp. 1-42)
  5. Adjectives, Adverbs, Conjunctions, Prepositions, and Pronouns
    (pp. 43-48)
  6. Suffixes
    (pp. 49-54)
  7. Verbs
    (pp. 55-132)
  8. Prefixes
    (pp. 133-194)

    Our language, Anishinaubae or, as it is commonly known, Ojibway (Chippewa in the United States), is a beautiful language, soft and musical, full of meaning. Perhaps the Kiowa author M. Scott Momaday best expressed his tribe’s regard for language when he said, “Words were medicine; they were magic and invisible. They came from nothing into sound and meaning. They were beyond price; they could neither be bought or sold.” To the Anishinaubae and other tribes, words and language were analogous to medicine, and sacred; they could heal or injure, comfort or offend, enlighten or mislead.

    Instead of venerating our language...

  9. Glossary A Few Common Verb Roots
    (pp. 195-205)