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Fri Dec 18 2009

Qs: Online Navajo Language Survey

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        1.    Kelly Berkson, Online Navajo Language Survey

Message 1: Online Navajo Language Survey
Date: 15-Dec-2009
From: Kelly Berkson <kelly764ku.edu>
Subject: Online Navajo Language Survey
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Greetings all,

I've had a few requests for more information about the online Navajo
language survey for which I am seeking participants, and so I attach some
more details.

First - a big thank you to the people who have done the survey already. I
am grateful to you for being so generous with your time and knowledge.

I am investigating sibilant harmony in Navajo as reflected in the spelling
of the first person possessive morpheme, which appears as shi- most of the
time but sometimes harmonizes and surfaces as si-. The survey involves
creating the first person possessed forms of a variety of nouns, and the
word list was designed to gather information about the role various factors
may play in determining when harmony is applied and when it is not. The
survey also asks for grammaticality judgments, to determine whether
harmonized forms are acceptable.

Please feel free to contact me if you would like any additional details, or
if you have ideas you'd be willing to share about other venues where I
might publicize this survey. (So far I've had the best luck with Facebook
of all things, if you can believe it!) I am still seeking more
participants, and the survey can be found at:

http://kuclas.qualtrics.com/SE?SID=SV_bjYOfwThYeJeQIc&SVID=Prod

Please feel free to distribute the link, and my info, widely. It takes
about 45 minutes to complete, which is a serious time commitment, but the
site saves your info so you can come back to it (from the same computer)
anytime within 3 months and it'll put you right back to where you left off.
Again, I know this is a big time commitment and am deeply grateful to the
people who have been so generous with their time and energy thus far.

All best wishes,

Kelly Harper Berkson
University of Kansas
Departments of Linguistics and Global Indigenous Nations Studies
kelly764ku.edu

Linguistic Field(s): Phonology

Subject Language(s): Navajo (nav)

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