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|Serial Verb Constructions in Dyirbal||R. M. W. Dixon||185|
|Language Contact and the Genetic Position of Milang (Eastern Himalaya)||Mark W. Post and Yankee Modi||215|
|“We Don’t Know What We Become”: Navajo Ethnopoetics and an Expressive Feature in a Poem by Rex Lee Jim||Blackhorse Mitchell and Anthony K. Webster||259|
|The Oxford Handbook of Linguistic Typology (Jae Jung Song, editor)||Jeffrey Heath||287|
|Explorations in Navajo Poetry and Poetics (Anthony K. Webster)||David Samuels||289|
|We Are Our Language: An Ethnography of Language Revitalization in a Northern Athabaskan Community (Barbra A. Meek)||Patrick Moore||291|
Abstract. Both symmetrical and asymmetrical types of serial verb constructions can be recognized for the Australian language Dyirbal; all verbs in a serial verb construction agree in surface transitivity and inflection. Criteria for recognizing serial verb constructions are discussed (including difficulties that arise in the context of purposive constructions), as well as the types of verbs taking part in these constructions, techniques for transitivity matching, inflectional possibilities, the occurrence of derivational suffixes and reduplication, and the range of meanings conveyed.
Abstract. This article discusses the relationship between Milang, a little- known language of the Eastern Himalayan region, and the Tani branch of Tibeto-Burman languages with which it has been provisionally aligned. Reviewing this alignment, we find little positive evidence in its favor. Bringing new linguistic and cultural field data to bear on the question, we conclude that Milang contains much linguistic material that cannot possibly be directly inherited from the ancestor of all Tani languages proper (i.e., “Proto-Tani”). We therefore suggest that material shared with Tani languages proper is either reconstructible to an earlier, pre-Proto-Tani stage, or has been subsequently acquired through contact with Eastern Tani languages. Material not shared with Tani languages proper may reflect an unknown substrate. While our resulting re-classification of Tani languages is thus in a sense quite minor, it has some important implications: first, that cultural and linguistic diversity in the Eastern Himalaya was probably much greater than has been assumed, and second, that sociolinguistic and cultural information are critical factors in the evaluation of linguistic subgrouping proposals and the reconstruction of pre-history.
Abstract. We offer an ethnopoetic interpretation of an expressive feature—insertion of a velar fricative after the stem-initial consonant—that aids in indicating a “lack of control” in a poem written in Navajo by the poet Rex Lee Jim. We focus on how this expressive device is used to indicate an affective stance; the affinity in sound between the optional consonant cluster -chx- in this poem and the chx- found in the Navajo verb stem -chxǫ’ ‘ugly, disorderly’ is crucial in understanding the expressive work of the velar fricative. That such expressive features have sometimes been neglected in the linguistic representation of Navajo is also of interest.
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