Great Plains Studies, Center for



Rose Chesarek

Date of this Version



Published in Great Plains Research 19.1 (Spring 2009): 141. © 2009 Copyright by the Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


On my desk is an old, unbound manuscript, a hand copy of a Crow grammar written by a Jesuit missionary in the late 1800s. Randolph Graczyk’s A Grammar of Crow: Apsáalooke Aliláau is the first extended grammar of my language since that time. That alone makes it an important contribution to American Indian linguistics and to the study of Crow. It is also a first-class effort. His work is based on a prize-winning dissertation at the University of Chicago, but has been revised and expanded into a general descriptive format to make it accessible to any language scholar interested in comparative searches for relationships to other Siouan family languages or exploring linguistic patterns or universals.