P* Group, 12/09 – David Shanks

At this week’s P group meeting, Dec 9 1pm, David will give a presentation on “The sounds of Southern Tutchone”.

Abstract: Southern Tutchone is an understudied Dene (Athabaskan) language spoken in the Yukon. It has a privative tone system with two level and two contour tones, a large phonemic inventory, and highly complex morpho-phonological processes. This talk will frame these issues in a discussion of the possessive system, which has been my focus in this initial stage of work on the language.

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