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ERIC Number: ED126677
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Aug
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Haida Pronouns - Hydaburg Dialect. Lektos: Interdisciplinary Working Papers in Language Sciences, Special Issue.
Welsch, Robert L.
Haida as spoken by residents of Hydaburg today seems to differ from the Masset dialect reported by Swanton (1911:209). This paper attempts to describe the pronoun system of Haida now in use in Hydaburg and to make a preliminary analysis of the changes which appear to have occurred since the accounts of Swanton and Harrison (1895). The following pronoun types are discussed: active and inactive, possessive, emphatic, declarative and demonstrative or deictic. Some recent changes seem to appear. For example, both Harrison (1895:158) and Swanton (1911:256) note the presence of a third plural pronoun, but none has been noted in present-day Haida. It is concluded that there are recognizable similarities between the Harrison grammar of Masset and current Hydaburg speech, and that this is true to a lesser extent with Swanton's Masset grammar. This suggests that while there is an unmistakably close relationship between Masset Dialect (ca. 1900) and Hydaburg Dialect, there may have been independent development. In addition, there appears to have been a shortening or contraction of forms in some pronoun series. However, dialectal differences are considered impossible to demonstrate without recent data from Masset. (Author/AM)
Descriptors: American Indian Languages, Descriptive Linguistics, Diachronic Linguistics, Dialect Studies, Eskimo Aleut Languages, Grammar, Language Research, Language Variation, Morphology (Languages), Pronouns, Regional Dialects, Salish, Structural Analysis, Syntax, Uncommonly Taught Languages
University of Louisville, Interdisciplinary Program in Linguistics, Room 214 Humanities, Louisville, Kentucky 40208
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Authoring Institution: Louisville Univ., KY. Interdisciplinary Program in Linguistics.