"Alyse Goodluck Neundorf (1942-2004), teacher, linguist, interpreter, artist, writer and a former 'Miss Navajo,' was the author of this work on the Navajo verb--the last of her contributions in the field of Navajo linguistics. . . .
"The [Navajo/English Dictionary of Verbs] lists 350 Navajo verbs in paradigm form, conjugated for the Imperfective, Perfective, and Future modes. It was her intention that it be used both by students of Navajo and teachers of the language."--from the Foreword by Robert Young
This translation adds the English equivalents to the original Spanish-Comanche list of 857 words, as well as a Comanche-English vocabulary and comparisons with later Comanche word lists. Daniel J. Gelo's introduction discusses the circumstances in which García Rejón gathered his material and annotates significant aspects of the vocabulary in light of current knowledge of Comanche language and culture. The book also includes information on pictography, preserving a rare sample of Comanche scapula drawing.
This information will help scholars understand the processes of language evolution and cultural change that occurred among all Native American peoples following European contact. The Comanche Vocabulary will also hold great interest for the large public fascinated by this once-dominant tribe.