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Alessandro Jaker
Unaffiliated Independent Scholar
The Verb System of Tetsot'ine Yatie: Lutselk'e, Dettah, and Ndilo Dialects

Fieldwork and research to produce a verb grammar of the endangered Yellowknife dialect, a Northern Athabaskan language variety, spoken in northwestern Canada.

This project proposes to write a verb grammar of Tetso’t’iné Yatié or Yellowknife (Ethnologue code: chp), a dialect of Dëne Suliné (Chipewyan) previously claimed to have gone extinct in 1928. The project builds on the author’s previous work with the Yellowknives Dene, funded by NSF-1204171 under the Polar Postdoctoral Program from 2013-15 (Phonetics and Phonology of Two Northern Athabaskan Languages). The verb grammar will be loosely modeled on Keren Rice’s 1989 A Grammar of Slave, and will exhaustively catalogue the phonological behavior of every conjugation marker in every mode and classifier and in every position, as well as cataloguing every possible verb theme category and derivational string. Keren Rice has agreed to be involved in this project to ensure accuracy and comprehensiveness of the data, from an Athapaskanist perspective. The finished products will be a print version of the verb grammar, to be published through Alaska Native Language Center Publications, and an electronic version with clickable text and sound files.

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Project fields:

Documenting Endangered Languages - Fellowships

Research Programs

$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2016 – 11/30/2017