Yurok Verb Classes1

  title={Yurok Verb Classes1},
  author={Juliette Blevins},
  journal={International Journal of American Linguistics},
  pages={327 - 349}
  • Juliette Blevins
  • Published 1 July 2005
  • Linguistics
  • International Journal of American Linguistics
In this paper I detail relationships between verb stems and the conjugation classes to which they belong in Yurok, an Algic language of northwest California. Yurok has four major conjugation classes, with one class, the oo‐class, containing three subclasses defined by distinct third‐person singular forms. I describe two regularities which have not been noted before. First, within the oo‐class, distinct subclasses differing in third singular inflection are associated with distinctions in… 
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