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Agentivity and participant marking in Denaina Athabascan : a text-based study

  title={Agentivity and participant marking in Denaina Athabascan : a text-based study},
  author={O. Lovick},
This dissertation is concerned with strategies of participant marking in narrative texts in Dena’ina Athabascan, a language spoken in south-central Alaska. Dena’ina is a highly headmarking, polysynthetic language, and all referents (subjects, direct objects and postpositional objects) are encoded by pronominal affixes to the verb stem, as opposed to free pronouns or noun phrases. After a short introduction into the grammar of the language (chapter 1), the pronominal inventory as well as basic… Expand
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Semantics or grammar? Correlates to middle marking in Dena'ina Athabaskan iterative verbs
While recent studies of Athabaskan middle verbs have attempted to find a unified semantic motivation for their presence, iterative verbs, which are a subset of middle verbs, have generally beenExpand
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
Direct Speech, Fictive Interaction, and Bible Translation
Introduction this article focuses on a cross-linguistically very important aspect of direct speech, the use of direct speech in so-called fictive interaction constructions, an aspect that has greatExpand


Pronouns and Voice in Koyukon Athapaskan: A Text-Based Study
  • C. Thompson
  • History
  • International Journal of American Linguistics
  • 1989
ions Witherspoon (1977) takes a different approach and attempts to explain Subject-Object Inversion by a single governing principle, rather than by PRONOUNS AND VOICE IN KOYUKON ATHAPASKAN semanticExpand
Augmentation as affixation in Athabaskan languages
This paper suggests that a certain case of unity which has been analysed as phonologically and morphologically motivated requires a purely morphological analysis. Expand
Thematic proto-roles and argument selection
As a novel attack on the perennially vexing questions of the theoretical status of thematic roles and the inventory of possible roles, this paper defends a strategy of basing accounts of roles onExpand
On the Use of Fourth Person in Navajo, or Navajo Made Harder
The fourth person has been largely neglected in the literature on Navajo, usually being referred to as an impersonal form or something of the sort. One fact which has been mentioned is that the NounExpand
Noun-Classification Systems in Athapaskan, Eyak, Tlingit and Haida Verbs
0. The verb complexes of all Na-Dene languages share so many fundamental formal peculiarities that there is no doubt these structures are related historically by something more than coincidentalExpand
Noun Incorporation new Evidence from Athapaskan
It is argued that noun incorporation is a functionally motivated process at the interface of morphology and syntax that changes linguistic coding from independent and salient to dependent and nonsalient. Expand
The Semantics of Time: Aspectual Categorization in Koyukon Athabaskan
The work consists of an examination of the aspectual system, which involved sorting out a complex network of four modes, fifteen aspects, four superaspects, and some 300 aspect-dependent derivational prefix strings; an analysis of the organization of verb-theme categories, which are directly linked to aspectual categories; and an assessment of the function of the aspectsual system as a whole. Expand
Morpheme Order and Semantic Scope: Word Formation in the Athapaskan Verb
The scopal hypothesis and simplifying the lexicon, an introduction to the functional elements, and the ordering of functional items, which show global uniformity and local variability: a possible account. Expand
The Disjunct Boundary in the Navajo and Tanaina Verb Prefix Complexes
  • J. Kari
  • Sociology
  • International Journal of American Linguistics
  • 1975
0. The complexity of the Athapaskan languages is in the verb. The components of the mystery are remarkably uniform throughout the vast Athapaskan language area. Fifty or so prefixes, which perform aExpand
The Navajo Verb: A Grammar for Students and Scholars
This book unravels the complexity of Navajo and reveals its expressiveness by providing easy-to-follow descriptions with abundant examples that makes Navajo more accessible to all those interested in this American Indian language. Expand