Featured Linguist!

Jost Gippert: Our Featured Linguist!

"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more



Donate Now | Visit the Fund Drive Homepage

Amount Raised:

$34328

Still Needed:

$40672

Can anyone overtake Syntax in the Subfield Challenge ?

Grad School Challenge Leader: University of Washington


Publishing Partner: Cambridge University Press CUP Extra Publisher Login
amazon logo
More Info


New from Oxford University Press!

ad

What is English? And Why Should We Care?

By: Tim William Machan

To find some answers Tim Machan explores the language's present and past, and looks ahead to its futures among the one and a half billion people who speak it. His search is fascinating and important, for definitions of English have influenced education and law in many countries and helped shape the identities of those who live in them.


New from Cambridge University Press!

ad

Medical Writing in Early Modern English

Edited by Irma Taavitsainen and Paivi Pahta

This volume provides a new perspective on the evolution of the special language of medicine, based on the electronic corpus of Early Modern English Medical Texts, containing over two million words of medical writing from 1500 to 1700.


Book Information

   
Sun Image

Title: Ahtna Place Names Lists, 2nd edition revised
Edited By: James Kari
Description:

Ahtna is the Athabascan language of the Copper River drainage in
Southcentral Alaska. First published 1983, a revised 2nd edition of Ahtna
Place Names Lists is now available in a limited edition of 350 copies. With
over 2200 place names in drainage-based sections within and beyond the
35,000 sq. mi. language area, Ahtna has the most comprehensive geographic
name data set for any Alaska Native language.

The 33-page introduction entitled "Ahtna Athabascan Place Names as Shared
Knowledge" summarizes the documentary sources on Ahtna geographic names and
the core elements of Ahtna and Athabascan geographic naming. These
elements–name content, name structure, name distribution and name
networks–have promoted functional travel, strategic land use, shared
boundaries, and multilingualism with other Athabascan groups. For Ahtna we
can marvel at the strict purity, orderliness, symmetry, and functionality
of the geography. This is a shared, memorized, strongly confirmed
geographic system that is congruent across Athabascan language and dialect
boundaries. Over 89% of the Ahtna place names are fully analyzable and an
astounding 98% are fully-to-partially analyzable. Most of the place names
have naturalistic structure and content, with a mix of cultural activities
and metaphors, all of which facilitate memorization and efficient
foot-travel through and beyond Ahtna territory. Since the Ahtna geographic
system is representative of Northern Athabascan languages, the Ahtna place
names network can serve as primary data for discussions on the role of
geography in the prehistory of Athabascan, Na-Dene and Dene-Yeniseian.

Publication Year: 2008
Publisher: Alaska Native Language Center
Review: Not available for review. If you would like to review a book on The LINGUIST List, please login to view the AFR list.
BibTex: View BibTex record
Linguistic Field(s): Lexicography
Subject Language(s): Ahtena
Issue: All announcements sent out by The LINGUIST List are emailed to our subscribers and archived with the Library of Congress.
Click here to see the original emailed issue.

Versions:
Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781555000998
Pages: 164
Prices: U.S. $ 16.00