Tellings From Our Elders: Lushootseed syeyehub: The Complete Two-Volume Set by David BeckTellings From Our Elders: Lushootseed syeyehub: The Complete Two-Volume Set by David Beck

Tellings From Our Elders: Lushootseed syeyehub: The Complete Two-Volume Set

byDavid Beck, Thom Hess

Hardcover | April 15, 2015

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Rich in cultural and linguistic information, the traditional stories of the Coast Salish people form a portal through which rich cultural and linguistic information is passed from generation to generation. Called syeyehub in the Lushootseed language, they are among the most valued oral traditions of the Indigenous people of the southern and eastern shores of Puget Sound – and today, these stories contain the keys to cultural revitalization.

Published in two handsome volumes, Tellings from Our Elders presents twenty-seven stories in Lushootseed – eighteen in the Snohomish dialect and nine in Skagit River dialects – as told by members of the last generation to claim the language as their mother tongue. Many of these stories were recorded decades ago, but few were transcribed, and even fewer analyzed. Deep understanding of the structure and logic of these texts has eluded linguists and younger generations. In this landmark study, David Beck and Thom Hess examine the structure of the language, the richness of the grammar, and the narrative stylistics of these important texts.

Each story is presented in an interlinearized format with full morpheme-by-morpheme glosses and English translations. This format makes explicit the structure of the language and illustrates the richness of Lushootseed grammar as it is used in context. A glossary at the end of each volume book gives non-linguists some insight into the specialized terminology used in the analysis, making the texts accessible to the layperson.

These volumes are certain to be an invaluable resource for scholars and a tool for those who want to ensure that Lushootseed is used by generations to come.

David Beck is a professor of linguistics at the University of Alberta who specializes in typology and morphosyntactic description, lexicography, language documentation, and Mesoamerican historical linguistics. He has worked extensively on Lushootseed archival materials and conducted fieldwork on Upper Necaxa Totonac, a minority languag...
Title:Tellings From Our Elders: Lushootseed syeyehub: The Complete Two-Volume SetFormat:HardcoverDimensions:1020 pages, 9.39 × 6.55 × 2.89 inPublished:April 15, 2015Publisher:Ubc PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0774828129

ISBN - 13:9780774828123

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Table of Contents

Volume I

Foreword / Tulalip Tribes Lushootseed Department


Language / Texts / Transcription and analysis / Transcription practices / Presentation / Acknowledgments /

1 seswixab Martha Williams Lamont

Pheasant and Raven / The Brothers of Pheasant's Wife / Changer / Owl Lives There / Little Diver Is the Wife of Heron / Crow Is Sick (First Telling) / Crow Is Sick (Second Telling) / Basket Ogress / Mink and Tutyika (First Telling) / Mink and Tutyika (Second Telling) / Coyote and His Daughter / Coyote's Son Had Two Wives

2 Elizabeth Charles (Charley) Krise

Lady Louse / First Version / Second Version

3 s?adacut Edward “Hagan” Sam

Black Bear and Ant / Black Bear and Fish Hawk / Coyote and the Big Rock / Mink and Tutyika

4 lalacut Agnes Jules James

Basket Ogress

Glossary; References

Volume II

Foreword | Jay Miller


1 Susie Sampson Peter / Star Child

2 Dora Solomon / Star Child

3 Mary Willup / Star Child

4 Harry Moses / Star Child | How Daylight Was Stolen

5 Louise Anderson / Basket Ogress

6 Martin Sampson / Basket Ogress

7 Dewey Mitchell / Basket Ogress

8 Alice Williams / Basket Ogress

Glossary of Terms


Editorial Reviews

As excellent examples of a specifically linguistic form of textual presentation, these volumes definitely achieve what they have set out to do. As such, they are not books that one would pick up simply to read the stories. Nevertheless, it is possible to discern that the stories are rich in teachings, [and] that they are beautifully told … - Ewa Czaykowska-Higgins, University of Victoria - BC Studies - 20170501