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Lu-Mienh expert Dr. Herbert Purnell speaks at a book signing at the lu-Mienh Community Services Office, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013. Sacramento's Iu-Mienh community is getting a new tool to help their children preserve their ancient language, passed on orally for thousands of years. After 25 years of research, they're getting the first-ever Iu-Mienh-English dictionary, and will be able to pronounce and read a Romanized version of their language. The dictionary's the life work of Dr. Herbert Purnell and other Iu-Mienh experts. Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013.