Olga Lovick

Olga Lovick
University of Saskatchewan | U of S · Linguistics

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In this paper, we describe the use of video stimuli for the targeted elicitation of negative directives in Denaakk'e (Koyukon) and Nee'andeegn' (Upper Tanana), two severely endangered Alaskan Dene languages. Negative directives are extremely rare in our previously collected data, yet they exhibit a great variety of forms. Forms further seem to depe...
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Formation and use of direct positive and negative requests in Upper Tanana (Dene) are investigated through qualitative analysis of narrative texts. Choice of request form depends on speakers’ evaluation of their entitlement, as well as of the contingencies involved in granting the request. Negative requests are relatively infrequent because they ar...
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We investigate the prosodic realization of discourse structure in Dena’ina based on two narratives. We assume that a Dena’ina text consists of informational and prosodic “building blocks” of different sizes that we call paragraphs, story units, intonation units, and prosodic words. After outlining semantic and syntactic criteria for each of these,...
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This paper is an investigation into the local classification of narrative genres in Upper Tanana. After reviewing genre-distinguishing diagnostics developed in the relevant literature, I apply them to a text collection by Upper Tanana speaker Mrs. Cora David and show that only two of them can be successfully applied. Two important additional findin...
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This paper provides a detailed phonetic, synchronic description of the oral vowels of Upper Tanana, an Athabascan language spoken in eastern interior Alaska and the western Yukon Territory. Upper Tanana has, depending on the dialect, six or seven oral monophthongs that can be modified for (low) tone, nasalization, and length. Previous accounts are...
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This article describes person-marked numerals in North Alberta Beaver, a dialect of Beaver Athabaskan. North Alberta Beaver numerals are frozen complex forms consisting of a numeral stem incorporated into a form of the verb theme d + Ø + t'yii 'to be thus'. By illustrating how the word category of numerals is formed through reanalysis of existing...
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Dena'ina evidentials are enclitics with a complex paradigmatic morphology. Their first component varies with person, while the second component varies with animacy and number, thus marking source and nature of knowledge. Although evidentiality in Dena'ina is not coded as an obligatory inflectional category on the verb, it is also not scattered thro...
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The Upper Tanana valley in the interior of Alaska used to be one of the most remote regions on the North American continent. This changed rapidly about 100 years ago, with the onset of the gold rush. Ever since, change has come to the Upper Tanana valley in many forms, from the intrusion of white people to climate change and pollution. The changes...
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Dena'ina evidentials are enclitics with a complex paradigmatic morphology. Their first component varies with person, while the second component varies with animacy and number, thus marking source and nature of knowledge. While evidentiality in Dena'ina is not coded as an obligatory inflectional category on the verb, it is also not "scattered" throu...
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The Upper Tanana valley in the interior of Alaska used to be one of the most remote regions on the North American continent. This changed rapidly about 100 years ago, with the onset of the gold rush. Ever since, change has come to the Upper Tanana valley in many forms, from the intrusion of white people to climate change and pollution. The changes...
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non-human, human singular, human plural, and abstract events. (1) Form of evidential particles FIRST.COMPONENT-i-SECOND.COMPONENT 2,First component 2.1,Speaker source sh- Expresses speaker point-of-view and indicates that the speaker is the source of the evidence for the assertion. In conversation shit/shida/shit’i is often used to indicate informa...
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This dissertation is concerned with strategies of participant marking in narrative texts in Dena’ina Athabascan, a language spoken in south-central Alaska. Dena’ina is a highly head-marking, polysynthetic language, and all referents (subjects, direct objects and postpositional objects) are encoded by pronominal affixes to the verb stem, as opposed...
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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 discou...

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