MULL-lab, 04/06 – David Shanks

MULL-lab will be meeting this Wednesday, April 6th at 4pm. David will be presenting: The Southern Tutchone NP. The abstract is attached below:

Abstract: Southern Tutchone is a critically endangered Dene (Athabaskan) language spoken in the southern Yukon. This talk focuses on two processes in the nominal domain: possession and nominalization. I will first outline the possessive system before focusing on innovative processes in Southern Tutchone that differ from nearby Dene languages. For example, binding in clausal subject and object pronouns appears to have influenced possession. I will then discuss nominalization, which can be divided into two forms: unmarked nominalizations, which are used to form most nouns in Southern Tutchone; and marked nominalizations, which are found in temporal subordinate constructions.

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