Language learning tools

Most of the links on this page are password-protected.

Online resources

Two of our resources are online-only, integrating sound and other elements of language use:

  • Yurok language exercises: Listen to words or sentences, or view photos, chosen at random from our database. Can you transcribe or translate them?

  • A boy, a dog, and a frog: Yurok elder aawokw Aileen Figueroa tells the story of a boy, a dog, and a frog. You can read the story and listen to the audio.

Downloads

Note the various file sizes; you may need a fast internet connection!

  • We have presented Yurok grammar workshops for several years. Click here for a full list of (password-protected!) PDF handouts from these workshops.

  • Basic Yurok (2014; file size 31.2MB), "meant to be used by Yurok language teachers and advanced learners, in support of language restoration in the Yurok community. Part I (chapters 1-10) provides information about the sounds of Yurok and about basic grammatical and vocabulary patterns. Many were identified by the Yurok Tribe for teacher certification purposes. Part II (chapters 11-25) introduces the meanings and forms of the most common Yurok verbs. Over 200 different verbs are covered, in 117 numbered sections."

  • Yurok Verb Guide, version 1.1 (December 30, 2009), a guide to the forms of 75 Yurok verbs: 75-verbs.pdf (file size 230KB)

  • 2005 Preliminary Yurok Dictionary: lexicon.pdf (file size 1.6MB)

  • 1,533 recorded sentences from Georgiana Trull's Yurok Language Conversation Book: GT3.zip (file size 83.9MB)

  • About 2,500 words recorded by several Yurok elders (updated 12/2007): Yurok-words-Dec2007.zip (file size 108.5MB)

To read PDF documents, you will need a reader like the free Adobe Acrobat Reader. To download a zipped audio file, right-click on it to save it to your computer; then you usually double-click on a ZIP file to unpack it.

Teaching, learning, and documenting Yurok

Edward Sapir, perhaps the greatest linguist of the 20th century, spent the summer of 1927 in Hoopa Valley. In addition to Hupa work, that summer he documented Yurok grammar and texts with Mary Marshall.
[Photo: Collected works, vol. 5, 1990.]