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 grammar, version 1.1 (November 2010), an introduction for language teachers and advanced learners: basic-yurok-grammar-2010.pdf (file size 1.8MB)

  • 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

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.]