Athabaskan language studies: essays in honor of Robert W. by Eloise Jelinek

By Eloise Jelinek

Many best figures within the box of Athabaskan languages contributed to this quantity, and their diversity of themes suits Robert Young's pursuits. 4 papers take care of northern Athabaskan languages, which younger studied within the Nineteen Thirties. the rest essays concentrate on features of Navajo language and tradition; younger has really expert during this sector for over fifty years in collaboration together with his mentor, William Morgan, Sr. a number of essays current specified research of verb and sentence constitution in Navajo, are reviews of Navajo literacy, one other examines Navajo philosophy, and one deals the 1st research of ways youngsters research the complexities of the Navajo verb. a person drawn to Navajo reports or Athabaskan languages will locate those essays useful.

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This is an important paper for all connected with Navajo education. The second, by Wayne Holm, is not only a graceful tribute to "YounganMorgan" (who on the Navajo Reservation ale conceived of as an indissoluble unit), but a valuable assessment of the history of the development of Navajo literacy, and Young and Morgan's role in averting the "orthography wars" which have afflicted other tribes. The paper by Oswald Werner et al. is a compilation whose purpose is to reveal elements of the Navajo world view through the words of the elders themselves.

It happens that Carlota Smith had written us about inceptives and inchoatives, and she had asked us about the 'a- in 'aho'niishne' 'I began to tell, preach'. We knew she was thoroughly familiar with the works of Young and Morgan, so we decided not to look at them and to work from our heads. We knew that the inchoative element -'nii- normally cooccurs with an object marker, and we assumed that the 'a- of the word just cited was the indefinite object prefix '-and that it functioned in the surface forms of inceptive verbs as an expletive object.

Rice, Keren (1991) Intransitives in Slave (Northern Athapaskan): Arguments for Unaccusatives. International Journal of American Linguistics 57:51-69. Young, Robert, and William Morgan. 1987. The Navajo Language: A Grammar and Colloquial Dictionary. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press. Young, Robert and William Morgan (with Sally Midgette). 1992. Analytical Lexicon of Navajo. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press. Page 15 "Psych" Verbs in Navajo 1 Eloise Jelinek and MaryAnn Willie University of Arizona Introduction The Navajo lexicon includes a number of verbs that are used to express emotive and cognitive states and processes, what are informally called "psych" verbs in the linguistic literature.

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