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Chapter 8. Studying Dena'ina discourse markers: Evidence from elicitation and narrative
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Chapter 8. Studying Dena'ina discourse markers: Evidence from elicitation and narrative
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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.
978-0-8248-3530-9
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Lovick, Olga Charlotte (author)
Date:
2010-05
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University of Hawai'i Press
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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 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.
National Foreign Language Resource Center
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English
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Text
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30 pages
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Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives License
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discourse marker
Dena'ina
Athabaskan
elicitation
narrative
corpus
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Book Chapter
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Archive: Language Documentation and Conservation
Online: Yes
DCMI type: Text
Content language: English
Date: 2000 and later
Date: 2010 - 2019
Contributor: Lovick, Olga Charlotte
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press
Title: Chapter 8. Studying Dena'ina discourse markers: Evidence from elicitation and narrative
Other format: 30 pages
Other rights: Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives License
Other subject: Athabaskan
Other subject: Dena'ina
Other subject: corpus
Other subject: discourse marker
Other subject: elicitation
Other type: Book Chapter