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  • Paperback: 397 pages
  • Publisher: Sil International, Global Publishing; 2nd edition (27 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556713304
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556713309
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Well, the second edition has been out for a while, and (at the time of writing this) not a hint of a review.

I've never seen the first edition, so cannot provide a comparison between the two, but the second edition is very good. Just to confirm, it is bilingual in that there is a separate section for Comanche to English and English to Comanche. These two main sections are separated by appendices on fauna, flora, body parts, months and personal names specific to the Comanche and their environment.

The Comanche section is notably larger than the English, as numerous examples of usage are given in the former part of the dictionary. This is obviously extremely helpful to the student. There's just enough coverage to begin to explore comparative linguistics, but I'd dearly love to have more. There is coverage of the modern world, e.g. bank (financial); airplane. But the emphasis is definitely on vocabulary relevant to the Comanche world, e.g. a fair amount of coverage of words associated with the peyote tradition.

Grammatical terms are used to help describe each entry. Many are more than just "verb", "adverb", etc, so a knowledge of basic linguistics is required to get the most out of this book. There is also a section on pronunciation - but it is always best to listen to native speakers (tragically fewer these days) and / or popping over to ye olde Youtube and searching for some video assistance there.

What really adds to this dictionary is the inclusion of a grammar: pp307 to pp393. Not enough to learn the language from scratch on its own, but the REALLY useful thing is the extensive use of Canonge's Comanche Texts for examples.
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