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ERIC Number: ED043881
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Jul
Pages: 130
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Laughter: The Navajo Way. Humorous Stories of the People (in Navajo and English) Volume One.
Wilson, Alan; Dennison, Gene
This book has been prepared for the use of teachers, ethnologists, linguists, Indian studies scholars, language students and those who have an interest in the languages and cultures of the earlier inhabitants of this continent. The stories reflect the Navajo love for and genius with words and humor. Most of the humor represented is of three basic styles: (1) word plays, in Navajo, whose intentions are either deliberate or whose denouements depend upon misunderstanding, misinterpretations, or hardness of hearing; (2) word plays, involving both the Navajo and English languages, which capitalize upon a marginal grasp of English by one of the characters involved; and (3) situational stories whose humor results from practical joking, foolish behavior, tongue twisting, etc. Each story is presented in Navajo and glossed in English, followed by an explanation of the text, utterances from the text, individual lexical items from the text, questions and answers in Navajo about the text, verb paradigms, and occasional cultural notes about the text. The text portions, utterances, and questions and answers are tape recorded. (The Navajo text sections are intended for second semester or advanced students.) (AMM)
Author, University of New Mexico, Gallup Branch, Gallup, New Mexico 87301
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