Athapaskan: a Structural Overview

  title={Athapaskan: a Structural Overview},
  author={Eung-Do Cook},
  journal={Meta: Translators' Journal},
  • E. Cook
  • Published 1993
  • Linguistics
  • Meta: Translators' Journal
In this structural overview, I will focus on the morphology with a brief discussion of phonology and syntax for the reason that Athapaskan, as a "polysynthetic" language, has a very complex morphological structure of the verb. In terms of the number of segments, Athapaskan is one of the richest in the inventory of the consonants, which include three series of obstruents (plain, aspirated, and glottalized). Particularly rich is the inventory of affricates, which include, for most Athapaskan…