528 pp. | paper | $21.00
Bray, editor in collaboration with the White Mountain Apache tribe
exhaustive bilingual dictionary is the culmination of years of collaboration
between educators, linguistic scholars, and community informants
of the White Mountain and San Carlos Apache communities. It has
been compiled with the goal of creating a living, working dictionary
that will be of value for cultural, educational, and practical purposes.
Among these are the teaching of Western Apache to children, the
retention and expansion of the oral and written languages, and the
preservation of traditional ceremonial songs and oral history. More
widely, the dictionary will be useful to Apaches and non-Apaches
in practical applications such as medicine, social work, education,
and human services. It also provides through its definitions a wealth
of culture, history, and lore supplied by the many community informants.
addition to the dictionary proper, which consists of two sections
(Apache-English and English-Apache), the volume includes practical
phonetic transcriptions and a pronunciation guide, clarifies current
writing conventions for Western Apache, and gives a practical morphosyntactic
description of key features of the language (e.g., verb constructions,
affixes, pronominal constructions, and particles).
Bray recently retired from her faculty position at Central Arizona