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Studying Dena'ina discourse markers: Evidence from elicitation and narrative
This paper is concerned with discourse markers in Dena’ina Athabascan. One problem for transcribers and translators of Dena’ina texts is the great number of particles (i.e., words that cannot beExpand
A Computational Architecture for the Morphology of Upper Tanana
A computational model of Upper Tanana, a highly endangered Dene (Athabaskan) language spoken in eastern interior Alaska and in the Yukon Territory, uses the language’s verb theme category system, a system of lexical-inflectional verb classes, to additionally predict possible derivations and their morphological behavior. Expand
Evidentiality in Dena'ina Athabaskan
Dena'ina evidentials are enclitics with a complex paradigmatic morphology. Their first component varies with person, while the second component varies with animacy and number, thus marking source andExpand
The Alaskan Athabascan Grammar Database
A repository of example sentences in three endangered Athabascan languages: Koyukon, Upper Tanana, Lower Tanana allows researchers or language teachers to browse the example sentence corpus to either investigate the languages or to prepare teaching materials. Expand
Upper Tanana vowels and language change: Taking a snapshot of a language
Recent fieldwork shows that developments in Upper Tanana Athabascan are not concluded, demonstrating the need for continuing documentation to avoid being left with an obsolescent snapshot. Expand
Vowels of Upper Tanana Athabascan
This paper provides a detailed phonetic, synchronic description of the oral vowels of Upper Tanana, an Athabascan language spoken in eastern interior Alaska and the western Yukon Territory. UpperExpand
Agentivity and participant marking in Denaina Athabascan : a text-based study
Dena’ina employs marking patterns based on assumptions on the ‘natural order of things’: such a pattern indicates whether a high-ranking referent acts on a low ranking one or vice versa, and the listener has to use world knowledge to decide which of the referents is higher ranking than the other. Expand
Keeping language in place: from Dene transitional-immersion at school to a local Dene teacher education program
Dene Sųline, a Dene (Athabaskan) language spoken in North-western Saskatchewan, remains the dominant language in the communities of La Loche and Clearwater River Dene Nation. Out of a totalExpand
The Prosody of Dena’ina Narrative Discourse1
We investigate the prosodic realization of discourse structure in Dena’ina based on two narratives. We assume that a Dena’ina text consists of informational and prosodic “building blocks” ofExpand