Shoshoni Talking Dictionary

Explore the Shoshoni Talking Dictionary

The Shoshoni Talking Dictionary, written in the Wick R. Miller orthography, was first created using a software known as LexiquePro.  The Shoshoni Talking Dictionary was migrated to Field Worker Language Explorer, or "FLEx" for short, in 2017 and now can be used on both Windows and Mac computers.

The Talking Dictionary has thousands of entries and sound files recorded by various Shoshone elders from different dialects.

The Shoshoni Talking Dictionary project began in collaboration with the Ely Shoshone Tribe, which received an ANA grant to produce a talking dictionary based on Boyd Graham’s 2008 dictionary. Boyd Graham, who headed the project, was assisted by Bryan Hudson, Julia James and Aaron Charles in creating the first version of the Talking Dictionary. Later editing was completed by Katherine Matsumoto-Gray, Rob Sykes and Jennifer Mitchell, Sarah Arnoff, and Trent Griffith.

Interns for the Shoshone/Goshute Youth Language Apprenticeship Program have expanded the Talking Dictionary. The SYLAPers have collaborated with Boyd Graham and other elders in recording wordlists from various sources, such as the Shoshoni Project’s 30,000-entry Shoshoni Language Lexicon, as well as from additional word lists provided by Boyd Graham.

The Talking Dictionary is updated continuously. Because it may contain some errors, we appreciate hearing from you about your suggested corrections. Please use the contact page if you have any concerns about any of the entries.

The Talking Dictionary will also available on DVD in October 2017 for use on both Mac and Windows (XP or later) computers.  To request a copy of the Shoshoni Talking Dictionary on DVD, please use the contact page to send us a message.

The following elders (in alphabetical order) can be found on the current version of the Shoshoni Talking Dictionary: Libby Austin (Fallon), Margene Bullcreek (Goshute), Laurie Caskey (Owyhee), Norm Cavanaugh (Elko), Delphina Gould (Fort Hall), Drusilla Gould (Fort Hall), Boyd Graham (Smokey Valley),Rosie Jones (Owyhee), Bernice Lalo (Battle Mountain), Elwood Mose (South Fork), Ruby Ridesatthedoor (Goshute), Teresa Sam (Harbin) (Duckwater), and Rupert Steele (Goshute).

Last Updated: 5/24/18