Benasní - I Remember: Dene Su??iné Oral Histories with Morphological Analysis

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BRILL, Jan 9, 2013 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 524 pages
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In "Benasn I Remember: Dene Su in Oral Histories with Morphological Analysis," Josh Holden presents twelve autobiographical narratives about cultural change from Dene Su in elders in an Aboriginal community in northern Saskatchewan, Canada. In ten interviews and two monologues, the speakers recount their 20th century: the rhythms of traditional life, the catastrophe of epidemics and language loss, the dizzying technological changes, their ambivalence over the past and their anxieties for the future. Accompanying the original Dene texts and free translation is an analytical interlinear gloss applying rigorous morphological and semantic principles to the parsing and glossing of words. The innovative interlinearization distinguishes grammar from visible etymologies. The volume contains a morphological sketch to illuminate grammatical issues in the interlinearization.
 

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Contents

Chapter One The Dene Suline People and Language
1
Chapter Two The 20th Century in Dillon Saskatchewan
9
Chapter Three The Narratives
21
BENASNI I REMEMBER
35
1 Sophie Chanalquay
37
2 Norbert Billette
57
3 Monique Sylvestre
79
4 Jerome Noltcho
127
9 Patrick Desjarlais
301
10 Emilien Desjarlais
329
11 Greg Noltcho
369
12 Arsene Nezcroche
397
Photographs
437
Morphology and Etymology in the Interlinear Translation
441
Appendix Word Senses of the English Glosses
515
Bibliography
519

5 Veronique Benjamin
149
6 Couronne Billette
197
7 Pierre Noltcho
243
8 George Billette
281

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Josh Holden, Ph.D. (2011), University of Montreal, is a linguist and lexicographer at Druide Informatique in Montreal, Quebec. His is the author of an award-nominated doctoral dissertation on Dene Su in, titled "A Lexical Semantic Study of Dene Su in, an Athabaskan Language."

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