By Eloise Jelinek

Many prime figures within the box of Athabaskan languages contributed to this quantity, and their diversity of subject matters fits Robert Young's pursuits. 4 papers care for northern Athabaskan languages, which younger studied within the Nineteen Thirties. the rest essays specialize in elements of Navajo language and tradition; younger has really good during this quarter for over fifty years in collaboration along with his mentor, William Morgan, Sr. a number of essays current exact research of verb and sentence constitution in Navajo, are reviews of Navajo literacy, one other examines Navajo philosophy, and one deals the 1st learn of the way youngsters examine the complexities of the Navajo verb. a person drawn to Navajo experiences or Athabaskan languages will locate those essays precious.

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The subject pronoun appears closest to the verb in the prefix array; this is one of the ergative features of Navajo grammar. 2 In systems of this kind, argument structure is inverted. Direct Object pronouns in Navajo are introduced at an Inflectional head above the Subject. ) Finally, oblique arguments are introduced at the outermost or highest Inflectional heads; these are Postpositional Phrases. Some Postpositional Phrases are always incorporated, others are incorporated only in the third person or in certain phonological environments, and some are never incorporated (Young and Morgan, 1992).

And our awareness of the focus particles of Navajo is due in large part to the little known, small but extremely valuable work The Function and Significance of Certain Navajo Particles. The counterfactual hanii has received detailed syntactic and semantic treatment in Ellavina Tsosie Perkins' 1978 dissertation entitled The Role of Word Order and Scope in the Interpretation of Navajo Sentences, and it has figured in a number of papers since then. It is also one of the major topics of research in a current MIT seminar on Navajo syntax and semantics.

For example, how is it that the subject in (34) "controls" the stem selection in the following sentence: Page 13 We assume that the verbal theme here involves not only the verb of falling but also the preceding postpositional expression taah 'into water', moderately integrated into the verb word. The postposition, -h 'motion into' projects the (b)-type structure, with tl'ool * 'rope' in its specifier. Clearly it is this argument that controls the selection in the verb. However, there is no direct relationship between the verb and the specifier projected by the postposition.

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