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This volume of Northern Paiute texts is the result of continued collaborative relationships between members of several Northern Paiute (Western Numic; Uto-Aztecan) speech communities and two linguists who have nearly 30 years of combined experience working on the language. The resulting documentary resource provides varied samples of naturally occurring speech—narratives recorded and analyzed by the editors as part of their own fieldwork as well as materials recorded of earlier generations of speakers. In one case, materials from three generations of speakers from the same speech community are provided. By providing access in a single volume to previously inaccessible texts from disparate sources and dialects, the editors give a rare and important contribution to the study of cross-dialectal variation for the indigenous languages of North America.

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This document was originally published in International Journal of American Linguistics by University of Chicago Press. Copyright restrictions may apply. doi: 10.1086/707224