SACC2009 dictionary roundtable

Rankin, Robert L rankin at
Tue Apr 22 22:02:45 UTC 2008

Mark, and all,
1)  I'm familiar with most of the Dorsey files and publications.  In addition, I'm planning to do a paper on Dorsey's short/long vowel transcription to parallel the talk I did on his consonant transcriptions about 3 Summers ago.  This will mostly deal with his use of the "breve" diacritic.
2)  I've recently retranscribed the 1890 Dorsey Omaha and Ponca text collection from the Univ. of Colorado Siouan Archives (where it was a DOS [ascii] file).  It is now in a Microsoft Word file using the Gentium Unicode font and standard Dhegihanist phonological notation.  This could easily be converted into the spellings that are taught in the Omaha and Ponca language programs.  I have also corrected some of Dorsey's many mistakes.  I would be happy to provide a copy of this file to anyone who wants it.  It is not perfect as some of Dorsey's original mistakes remain uncorrected.  These will have to be patched up by someone who knows the language.
I think this workshop is a great idea!
By the way, Mark, congratulations on the grant!


From: owner-siouan at on behalf of Mark J Awakuni-Swetland
Sent: Tue 4/22/2008 4:31 PM
To: siouan at
Subject: SACC2009 dictionary roundtable

Aloha all, 

Catherine has posted our call for participants in the dictionary roundtable. I thought I would ask how many of y'all are familiar with the JOD slip file and associated collections at the NAA-SI? 

Elder Brother John Koontz has seen the collection and originally alterted me to its existence in the mid-1980s. 

I look forward to visiting with everyone in Joplin. 

WagoNze Uthixide 

Mark Awakuni-Swetland, Ph.D.

Ethnic Studies (Native American Studies)
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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