- Paperback: 574 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2 edition (January 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1500820016
- ISBN-13: 978-1500820015
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.3 x 11 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
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Wadewayestanih: A Cayuga Teaching Grammar 2nd Edition
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Back to the review. This is not heavy on the grammar, but gives you enough to work off of. Either knowing another Iroquoian language like Mohawk or Oneida helps, but even if you don't, you can still get quite a bit out of it. It just doesn't explain all of the grammar problems, such as which prefix/suffix to use in a given context if more then one is used for something. Such as the first person prefix (g/k); it doesn't explain which to use when. But there is a great site (Cayuga: Our Oral Legacy, also known as COOL; again search google, yahoo, ect.) to help with that. There are also some grammar resources, such as the Ontario Curriculum Native Language support grammar (which gives the added bonus of teaching Oneida and Mohawk grammar as well, though be warned, this is not a textbook). There is audio that has been created for this resource. It used to be posted at cayugalanguage.ca, but unfortunately, as of the time of this post, the site in down, pending restoration. You can still get in touch with them on Facebook and message them about the potential of getting the audio (I'm not sure if they still have it).
The lessons start with a conversation (and quite often vocabulary items with pictures; no English), then there are grammar notes, then a word-list with Cayuga and English equivalents. Overall the text is a rare gem, and a great place to start with learning Cayuga!