Haida and Na-Dene: A New Look at the Evidence

  title={Haida and Na-Dene: A New Look at the Evidence},
  author={Robert D. Levine},
  journal={International Journal of American Linguistics},
  pages={157 - 170}
  • R. Levine
  • Published 1 April 1979
  • Linguistics
  • International Journal of American Linguistics
I propose to summarize a number of findings from recent fieldwork and analysis which suggest that the evidence offered in support of the "classical" Na-Dene hypothesis (i.e., as set up by Sapir in his 1915 statement) is spurious, and that there is currently no empirical basis for including Haida in the Na-Dene grouping.' Writers on the Na-Dene hypothesis have in the past relied heavily on the significance of supposedly shared grammatical features; hence much of the debate, so far as Haida is… 

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