Lakota vocabulary question resolved, probably

ROOD DAVID S rood at spot.Colorado.EDU
Sat Nov 13 21:00:51 UTC 2004

It turns out, with further probing, that the spelling I was given is the
result of a non-speaker trying to write something dictated over the
telephone and then "spelled" by the dictator.  Sigh.  Sorry to bother you
all with this.  I can usually field questions of this sort myself, but
this one seemed just likely enough to be a possible variant.

Thanks for your thoughts.


David S. Rood
Dept. of Linguistics
Univ. of Colorado
295 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0295
rood at

On Sat, 13 Nov 2004, Koontz John E wrote:

> On Fri, 12 Nov 2004, ROOD DAVID S wrote:
> > I have an inquiry about a word which was reported to me as "walansila"
> > meaning "compassionate".  I can't find it, but Bruce's dictionary has
> > "wa'uNs^ila" for English 'compassionate'.  Can anyone clarify the possible
> > differences in the two words, or verify that one is correct and the other
> > not, and offer any examples of context in which it might be used?
> The only think I could think of was that maybe the l was a misreading of
> an apostrophe.  The dot or accent seems to be missing from the s.  Of
> course, I don't know the context in which the form occurred which led to
> the inquiry.

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