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Comparative Athapaskan Syntax: Arguments and Projections

Keren Rice and Leslie Saxon

in The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Syntax

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780195136517
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195136517.013.0016

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics

Comparative Athapaskan Syntax: Arguments and Projections

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This article provides an overview of syntactic patterns in the Athapaskan language family. It focuses on the yi-/bi alternation, an issue concerning the distribution of two third-person pronominal forms in Navajo and other languages of the Athapaskan family, and the consequences for hierarchical relations. The article discusses the licensing of y and the parameters of in third-person inflection in Athapaskan languages.

Keywords: syntactic patterns; Athapaskan language; yi-bi alternation; third-person inflection; pronominal forms; Navajo language

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Subjects: Linguistics ; Grammar, Syntax and Morphology ; Language Families

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