A group of Lakota elders got together and decided the word for ‘food processor’ in their language is wóyute inákpaŋ. The Chickasaw word for ‘teleconferencing’ is holba’ aaittafamma anompoli’. These are examples of how languages adapt to new things that inevitably present themselves. We’ll discuss some of the more notable new words in certain languages and how some tribal linguists find ways to adjust to reflect their living languages.
Joshua Hinson (Chickasaw) – director of the Chickasaw Language Revitalization Program
Neil McKay (Dakota/Turtle Mountain Ojibwe) – senior Dakota language teaching specialist
Break Music: Birds Dancing (song) Tony Duncan (artist) Native Son (album)