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    Cree is the most widespread native language in Canada. The Alberta Elders' Cree Dictionary is a highly usable and effective dictionary that serves students, business, governments, and media. Designed for speakers, students, and teachers of Cree; includes Cree-English and English-Cree sections.
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    A signal event in the move from oral to print culture for the Cree was Father Grouard's prayer book, written in Syllabics and printed in 1883. More than a century later, Demers, McIlwraith, and Thunder reproduce the text, along with a direct English translation, a transliteration into the Standard Roman Orthography now in use as well as in nineteenth-century SRO. Demers offers an introduction to the work within its cultural framework; the translators together discuss Grouard'... [READ MORE]
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    Developed in conjunction with the Canadian Cultural Society of the Deaf, this comprehensive new dictionary of American Sign Language (ASL) has over 8700 signs, many unique to Canada. Material for this extensive work has been drawn from many sources and includes input gathered from members of Canada's Deaf community over the past twenty years. The Canadian Dictionary of ASL offers clear illustrations and sign descriptions alongside English definitions, making it a valuable ref... [READ MORE]
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    Designed for business travellers, tourists and professionals who want to prepare to meet the Chinese on their own ground, either socially or in business situations. Divided into two parts: practical instructions on learning Chinese, and situational dialogues. It includes an audio cassette providing dialogues and exercises for practising the Chinese language.
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    The second largest ethnic group in Alberta, the German ethnolinguistic community has played a significant role in Alberta's history, but the future is bleak for maintaining German language and culture in the multicultural mosaic of Alberta. This book examines the stature of the German language in Alberta by addressing the use of German in the community and the teaching of German in schools and universities in the province.
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    Émile Petitot lived and worked in the Athabasca-Mackenzie area from 1862 to 1883. Accompanied by native guides, he made several journeys to the Arctic Ocean and inland, where he closely observed the geography and inhabitants of the area, drawing maps and gathering native place names.
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    Across various regions of Canada, the Cree language is spoken in several dialects that differ from one another in a few sounds and in occasional words. Most examples in the books are given in both Plains and Swampy Cree, which account for at least three-quarters of the total number of Cree speakers. But since all Cree has the same basic structure, speakers of neighbouring dialects have little difficulty in communicating, and the examples apple equally to all dialects of Cree.
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    This sports dictionary in five languages (English, French, Spanish, German and Russian) is intended to assist athletes, coaches and translators communicate about sports.
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    Papers from seven internationally renowned scholars in the areas of neuropsychology and speech pathology are presented in this collection. This book will be of major interest to graduate students, researchers and clinicians in the fields of speech pathology, psychology and neuropsychology.
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    Maude Kegg's memories build a bridge to a time when building birch-bark wigwams and harvesting turtles were still part of the everyday life of a native girl in the mid-west. In this bilingual book, this elder of the Minnesota Anishinaabe reminisces about her childhood. An English translation of each story appears on pages facing the original Ojibwe text, and the editor John Nicholds has included a full Ojibwe-English glossary with study aids.
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    First published in 1962, Spoken Cree quickly became the authoritative work on the Cree language. A set of 32 audio-cassettes, integrated with the printed text, made this a complete language program. The program is being revised and re-issued in three volumes.
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    This revised edition of Spoken Cree by C. Douglas Ellis is the first of three levels in a complete Cree language course, based on the "N" and "L" dialects spoken west of James Bay. Level I introduces the student to Cree by focussing on typical day-to-day situations. Each of the 18 units include basic conversation, a discussion of Cree grammar, drills, conversation practice and vocabulary list and a review section. The complete collection of sound files to ... [READ MORE]
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    This revised edition of Spoken Cree by C. Douglas Ellis is the second of three levels in a complete Cree language course, based on the "N" and "L" dialects spoken west of James Bay. Level II teaches Cree language by focussing on typical day-to-day situations. Each of the 17 units include basic conversation, a discussion of Cree grammar, drills, conversation practice, a vocabulary list, and a review section. The complete collection of sound files to accompa... [READ MORE]
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    “Speaking one language, I submit, is like living in a house with one window only...”
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    Emma Minde's portraits of the family into which she was given in marriage more than sixty years ago are instructive and touching. She offers rare insight into a life history guided by two powerful forces: the traditional world of the Plains Cree and the influence of the Catholic missions.
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    Placing language learning within a cultural framework enlivens the learning process and jumpstarts contextual conversations in the classroom. Experienced instructor Dr. Alla Nedashkivska has crafted a textbook that presents a modern version of Ukrainian, one that will encourage students' interest in learning, with the goal of building proficiency in the language and knowledge of Ukrainian culture and society. This text is excellent for studies over a longer period, using the ... [READ MORE]
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    This amusing little dictionary, originally printed in Winnipeg in 1913, serves up the slang spoken in the West at the beginning of the century.