ERIC Number: ED232445
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Some Observations on Navajo English.
Bartelt, H. Guillermo
Papers in Linguistics: International Journal of Human Communication, v14 n3 p377-385 1981
Aspects of Navajo English are examined to illustrate how Native American English differs from standard English of native speakers. Phonological, morphological, and syntactic characteristics of Navajo English are noted. Navajo English also differs from standard English in its approach to time frameworks and tenses. It is suggested that much of the idiosyncratic tense usage found in Navajo English is due to the use of English tenses for the expression of Navajo aspects and modes. Repetition is also a feature of Navajo English discourse that is used as a rhetorical device. Attempts have been made to describe Native American English varieties as autonomous linguistic systems which receive input from both standard English and Native American Languages at the phonological, morphological, syntactic, and discourse levels. (RW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Linguistic Research, Inc., Edmonton (Alberta).