Northern Athapaskan Languages

Northern Athapaskan Languages
Author: Michael E Krauss and Victor K Golla
Publisher: Smithsonian Institution
Publication date: 1981
Number of pages: 19
Format / Quality: PDF / good but worse at the margins
Size: 3,54 MB

Subgroups, Languages and Dialects
Historical Phonology
Northern Athapaskan Languages
-Kolchan (Upper Kuskokwim)
-Lower Tanana
-Upper Tanana
-Slavey-Hare and Dogrib
-Tahltan – Kaska – Tagish
-Carrier and Bevine
Figure 1: Areal distribution of major phonological developments in the Northern Athapaskan dialects. a-c show the overlapping of innovations, d shows the discontinuous distribution of shared innovations
Figure 2: Areal distribution of the development of two morphological categories in the Northern Athapaskan languages.
Figure 3: The dictionary entry under tal “trap”; one of 2,344 manuscript pages in Father Jules Lette’s great work on the Koyukon language, prepared between 1898 and 1927
Figure 4: Two prayers from the Tukudh (Eastern Kutchin) New Testament (1886) showing excerpts from Luke 17 translated by Archdeacon Robert McDonald and his Kutchin assistant, Ughaih
Figure 5: First page of a 3-page letter, dated July 28, 1883, from Samuel Egon and Michael Deneyou, Chipewyan Chiefs at Ìle-à-la-Crosse, Saskatchewan to John A. MacDonald, superintendent general of Indian affairs, requesting goods for the needs of their people who were not covered by a treaty. The letter is written in Chipewyan (with interlinear French translation added by the bishop of St. Albert) in the syllabic script that was developed by French Catholic missionaries, among them Laurent Legoff, who worked at Île-à-la-Cross from 1870 to 1881.
Figure 6. A page from Nak’azdli Bughuni, an instructional workbook in the Carrier language, an outgrowth of the development of linguistic materials by Richard Walker and David Wilkinson, Summer Institute of Linguistics, inc. Workbook design and development, David B. Wilkinson; Carrier language specialist, Mildred Martin; Illustrations, Wilma Reid; composition, Kay Wilkinson.
Table 1: Proto-Athabaskan consonants
Table 2: Development of unstable stem initial obstruent series in Northern Athapaskan
Table 3: Development of vowels in Northern Athapaskan
Table 4: Northern Athapaskan Languages, 1979


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Remarks: In J. Helm (ed.) Subartic, 67-85 (Handbook of North American Indians, 6)

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