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Lewis Lawyer publishes Patwin grammar

Dr Lewis Lawyer just published "A Grammar of Patwin" with Nebraska University Press.

A Native American language formerly spoken in hundreds of communities in the interior of California, Patwin (also known as Wintun Tʼewe) is now spoken by a small but growing number of language revitalizationists and their students. A Grammar of Patwin brings together two hundred years of word lists, notebooks, audio recordings, and manuscripts from archives across the United States and synthesizes this scattered collection into the first published description of the Patwin language. This book shines a light on the knowledge of past speakers and researchers with a clear and well-organized description supported by ample archival evidence.

Lewis C. Lawyer graduated from the linguistics Ph.D. program at UC Davis in 2015. He currently works in the Cambridge Dictionaries project at Cambridge University Press. Throughout the process of writing this book, Lawyer remained in contact with Patwin communities and individuals, who helped to ensure that the content is appropriate from a cultural perspective.