LDL 110 Lakota/Dakota Phonology I

  • A linguistic understanding of Lakota is essential to teaching the language knowledgably and being effective in the classroom. Proper teaching of Lakota is dependent on a firm foundation in the sound system and rules of a language. This course is the primary linguistic introduction to the Lakota phonetic system– its sounds and writing system. The week-long course will be devoted to an overview of the Lakota phonetic system and will focus on training consistency in writing the language. Special emphasis will be on developing a basic, technical linguistic understanding of Lakota phonology, the issues and difficulties associated with English speakers learning these sounds, and developing a professional approach on teaching these concepts. The use of the specialized Lakota font and keyboard software will also be covered.


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