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By Pamela Innes, Linda Alexander, Bertha Tilkens

Starting Creek offers a easy creation to the language and tradition of the Mvskoke-speaking peoples, Muskogee (Creek) and Seminole Indians. Written via linguistic anthropologist Pamela Innes and local audio system Linda Alexander and Bertha Tilkens, the textual content is available to basic readers and scholars and is observed through compact discs.The quantity starts with an advent to Creek historical past and language, after which every one bankruptcy introduces readers to a brand new grammatical function, vocabulary set, and sequence of conversational sentences. Translation workouts from English to Mvskoke and Mvskoke to English make stronger new phrases and ideas. The chapters finish with short essays by means of Linda Alexander and Bertha Tilkens on Creek tradition and background and proposals for additional reading.The audio CDs current examples of ceremonial speech, songs, and storytelling and comprise pronunciations of Mvskoke language keyed to workouts and vocabulary lists within the publication. the mix of recorded and written fabric supplies scholars an opportunity to benefit and perform Mvskoke as an oral and written language.Although Mvskoke audio system comprise the Muskogee (Creek) and Seminole countries of Oklahoma, the Poarche Band of Creek Indians in Alabama, and a few Florida Seminoles, the variety of local audio system of Mvskoke has declined. as the authors think that language and tradition are inextricably associated, they've got mixed their years of expertise conversing and educating Mvskoke to layout an introductory textbook to aid Creek audio system defend their conventional language and lifestyle.

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In Mvskoke, the subject suffix is added to the verb between the verb stem and the declarative suffix. ” The position of the subject suffix is represented in the second line of each Mvskoke example by the abbreviation 3S, which indicates that the subject is third person (the 3 in the abbreviation) and singular (the S in the abbreviation). As other subjects are introduced, their abbreviations will be explained. In the following Mvskoke sentences, the third person singular subject suffix should come between the verb stems (in these cases, homp-, wakk-, and mapohic-) and the declarative suffix, -es.

Those interested in exploring the Muskogean language family and the relationships between its languages may want to consult Karen M. Booker’s articles “The Loss of Preconsonantal *k in Creek/Seminole” (1988) and w “More on the Development of Proto-Muskogean *k ” (1993); Haas’s “The 16 Beginning Creek Classification of the Muskogean Languages” (1941), “The Position of Apalachee in the Muskogean Family” (1949), and “Southeastern Languages” (1979); and Pamela Munro’s “Introduction: Muskogean Studies at UCLA” (1987) and “The Muskogean II Prefixes and their Significance for Classification” (1993).

In example 19, the second syllable has a tonal quality of 2, and the following syllable, a tonal quality of 3. The syllable or syllables following the last always key syllable have the tonal quality of 4 in both examples, showing that these non-key syllables are even lower in pitch than the second key syllable in the word. Thus, the tonal quality tends to descend for each consecutive key syllable in a word. Vocabulary NUMBERS Mvskoke English hvmken hokkolen tutce\nen osten one two three four 24 Beginning Creek cvhke\pen e\paken kolvpaken cenvpaken ostvpaken palen palen-hvmkentvlaken palen-hokkolohkaken palen-tutcenohkaken palen-ostohkaken palen-cvhke\pohkaken palen-e\pohkaken palen-kolvpohkaken palen-cenvpohkaken palen-ostvpohkaken pale-hokkolen five six seven eight nine ten eleven twelve thirteen fourteen fifteen sixteen seventeen eighteen nineteen twenty VERBS Mvskoke English vhvmkvtetv {I;II} or vhvnkvtetv {I;II} kerretv {I;II} se\ emmvhayetv {I} mecetv {I;3} em etetakuecetv {I;D} vtotketv {I} to count to know to practice to try, attempt something to prepare to work (at a job) Conversational Sentences Hoktet 1: Hensci.

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