Yurok grammar handouts

Listed below are handouts from Yurok grammar workshops presented during language meetings sponsored by the Yurok Tribe. They are password-protected, because they are intended for use within the community, not by scholars and the general public. Members of the Yurok community are welcome to use them in whatever way they see fit.

Please note that there is a lot of overlap of content not only between different handouts, but also with the booklet Basic Yurok grammar (2010). They may also contain errors or ideas that will need to be revised. They are not publications!



  • December 13, 2014
  • November 15, 2014
  • Yurok Language Institute, July 2014
    • Week 1: chpee, naa, noo, keech, expressing location, vocabulary about sea life, place names, and fishing and hunting
    • Week 2: Senses, common irregular bipersonals, iteratives, passives, attributives


  • November 2, 2013: Tense and lax E, all and only, attributive verbs
  • April 27, 2013: A short story, expressing "where" (with and without attributives)
  • March 9, 2013: Yurok vocabulary, attributives revisited, a new story
  • February 9, 2013: Reflexives and reciprocals, attributives, blood relations





Earlier than 2009

Teaching, learning, and documenting Yurok

Robert Spott, the adoptive son of the learned traditionalist Captain Spott, was himself one of the most culturally knowledgeable Yurok people of his generation. Robert worked on Yurok cultural and linguistic documentation with scholars of several generations, including A. L. Kroeber, with whom he wrote Yurok narratives in 1940, and the British linguist R. H. Robins, who recorded him in 1951.
[Photo (1907): Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology.]