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Chapter 8. Studying Dena'ina discourse markers: Evidence from elicitation and narrative

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Title: Chapter 8. Studying Dena'ina discourse markers: Evidence from elicitation and narrative
Authors: Lovick, Olga Charlotte
Keywords: discourse marker
Dena'ina
Athabaskan
elicitation
narrative
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Issue Date: May 2010
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press
Citation: Lovick, Olga Charlotte. 2010. Studying Dena'ina discourse markers: Evidence from elicitation and narrative. In Andrea L. Berez, Jean Mulder, & Daisy Rosenblum (eds.), Fieldwork and Linguistic Analysis in Indigenous Languages of the Americas, 173-202. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press.
Series/Report no.: LD&C Special Publication 2
Abstract: This paper is concerned with discourse markers in Dena’ina Athabascan. One problem for transcribers and translators of Dena’ina texts is the great number of particles (i.e., words that cannot be inflected) that, according to speaker judgments “have no meaning” or “mean something else in every sentence.” This suggests that these particles are discourse markers, whose function is to relate discourse units to each other and to the discourse as a whole. The paper contrasts two different forms of linguistic inquiry: direct inquiry in the field, by elicitation of meaning and function of the discourse markers, and indirect inquiry, by study of a corpus of Dena’ina narratives. While elicitation is helpful in obtaining an initial gloss for the discourse markers, it is shown that only the study of texts will give us insight into the function of such particles and allows us to understand the important differences between particles that, on first sight, appear to be synonymous.
Sponsor: National Foreign Language Resource Center
Pages/Duration: 30 pages
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/4455
ISBN: 978-0-8248-3530-9
Rights: Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives License
Appears in Collections:LD&C Special Publication No. 2: Fieldwork and Linguistic Analysis in Indigenous Languages of the Americas



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