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Title: The Dene-Yeniseian Connection
Edited By: James Kari
Ben A. Potter
URL: http://www.uaf.edu/anthro/apua
Series Title: Anthropological Papers of the University of Alaska

Researchers at the University of Alaska Fairbanks announce the publication
of The Dene-Yeniseian Connection, the unveiling of a far-reaching
historical linguistic hypothesis. The 18 papers in this 369-page volume
were presented at the February 2008 Dene-Yeniseian Symposium in Alaska or
were solicited by the editors. The 67 page lead article by Edward J. Vajda
(Western Washington University) presents extensive evidence for
Dene-Yeniseian. This hypothesis argues for an ancient genealogical
relationship between Ket, the only surviving member of the Yeniseian
language family of Central Siberia, and the widespread North-American
family of Na-Dene, which contains the Athabaskan languages, Eyak, and
Tlingit. Ket has fewer than 100 speakers today, mostly older generation.
The 1200 people of Ket nationality live in several isolated villages on the
Yenisei River in a sparsely populated area about the size of Oregon.
Accompanying Vajda’s paper is primary data on Na-Dene historical phonology
by Jeff Leer, along with critiques by several linguistic specialists and
articles on a range of topics (archaeology, prehistory, ethnogeography,
genetics, kinship, folklore) by experts in these fields.

The process of external scrutiny of Dene-Yeniseian continues with the
publication of these papers. The evidence presented by Vajda is
considerable, about 115 potential grammatical and lexical cognates plus he
has identified numerous systematic sound correspondences. Among the more
than ten grammatical affixes are several that mark tense and aspect, some
prefixes than classify nouns, and there is a robust noun-forming
instrumental suffix. Numerous cognates suggest shared lifeways in the far
north (e.g., mosquito, birch, spruce hen), while others include abstract
concepts (e.g., old age and shamanism).

**Table of Contents**

Editors Introduction:

-The Dene-Yeniseian Connection: Bridging Asia and North America (James Kari
and Ben A. Potter)

Part 1. The Evidence for Dene-Yeniseian

-The Dene-Yeniseian Hypothesis: An Introduction (Bernard Comrie)
-A Siberian Link with Na-Dene Languages (Edward J. Vajda)
-Yeniseian, Na-Dene, and Historical Linguistics (Edward J. Vajda)

Part 2. The Interdisciplinary Context for Dene-Yeniseian

-Genes across Beringia: A Physical Anthropological Perspective on the
Dene-Yeniseian Hypothesis (G. Richard Scott and Dennis O’Rourke)
-Archaeological Patterning in Northeast Asia and Northwest North America:
An Examination of the Dene-Yeniseian Hypothesis (Ben A. Potter)
-The Palatal Series in Athabascan-Eyak-Tlingit, with an Overview of the
Basic Sound Correspondences (Jeff Leer)
-The Concept of Geolinguistic Conservatism in Na-Dene Prehistory (James Kari)
-Dene-Yeniseian and Processes of Deep Change in Kin Terminologies (John W.
Ives, Sally Rice, and Edward J. Vajda)
-Selecting Separate Episodes of the Peopling of the New World:
Beringian–Subarctic–Eastern North American Folklore Links (Yuri E. Berezkin)
-Comparison of a Pair of Ket and Diné (Navajo) Myth Motifs (Alexandra

Part 3. Commentaries on the Dene-Yeniseian Hypothesis
-On the First Substantial Trans-Bering Language Comparison (Eric P. Hamp)
-Proving Dene-Yeniseian Genealogical Relatedness (Johanna Nichols)
-Yeniseian: Siberian Intruder or Remnant? (Michael Fortescue)
-Transitivity Indicators, Historical Scenarios, and Sundry Dene-Yeniseian
Notes (Andrej A. Kibrik)
-Dene-Yeniseian, Phonological Substrata and Substratic Place Names (Willem
J. de Reuse)
-Dene-Yeniseian, Migration and Prehistory (John W. Ives)
-The Dene Arrival in Alaska (Don Dumond)

-Appendix A Orthographic Conventions for Yeniseian and Na-Dene (compiled by
James Kari)
-Appendix B Symbols and Abbreviations

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Alaska Native Language Center
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Anthropological Linguistics
Language Family(ies): Athapascan-Eyak-Tlingit
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 0041935400000
Pages: 369
Prices: U.S. $ 40