Steve L. Thorne
Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Applied Linguistics and University Honors
Athapascan languages -- Verb -- Morphology, Koyukon Indians -- Alaska, Koyukon language -- Verb -- Morphology
The Athabaskan languages of western North America are notorious for exhibiting highly complex verbal morphology. Koyukon, a language spoken along the Yukon River in Alaska, and a member of the Northern branch of the Athabaskan family, is one such example. This overview seeks to introduce students and language practitioners to the theoretical fundamentals of Koyukon's verbal morphology, including the parts that constitute the discontinuous verbal base, or 'verb theme,' as well as the inflectional and derivational processes under which a verb theme may go in order to render morphologically complex surface forms with richly engineered meaning. These principles are amply exemplified with utterances from the Koyukon Athabaskan Dictionary (Jetté et al., 2000).
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Vincent, Jonathan K., "An Introductory Overview of the Koyukon (Athabaskan) Verb" (2020). University Honors Theses. Paper 925.