Phonetics and word definition in Ahtna Athabascan

  title={Phonetics and word definition in Ahtna Athabascan},
  author={Siri Tuttle},
Abstract This article investigates the question of word definition in a polysynthetic language, Ahtna Athabascan. Syntactic models of polysynthetic languages cannot explain why some syntactic strings constitute sentences and others words, since they represent both in the same component. In the most articulated of such theories, e.g., Rice (2000) and Hale (2001) for Athabascan languages, it is explicit that words are formed based on prosodic principles. It follows that there should be… 

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  • Linguistics
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Experimentation demonstrated with English nonsense words that final‐syllable and initial‐consonant lengthening occur in utterances with various intonational patterns (imperative, declarative, interrogative); (2) final‐Syllable lengthening occurs in word‐final and phrase‐final positions as well as in utterance‐final...