Response or Comment
The Dene–Yeniseian (DY) hypothesis argues that Athabaskan-Eyak-Tlingit (NaDene) is related to the Siberian family Yeniseian, which consists of Ket and several extinct relatives. The strongest evidence comes from the verb-internal tense–mood system, action nominal (gerund, infinitive) morphology, and sound correspondences based on cognates in basic vocabulary. Shared words for ‘conifer needles’, ‘conifer pitch’, ‘rump, leg’, ‘liver’, and others reveal that phonemic tones arose separately in Yeniseian and Athabaskan from an earlier distinction involving coda glottalization, the original glottal articulation surviving in Tlingit and Eyak. Proponents of the DY hypothesis regard such evidence as indicative of genealogical affinity.
International Journal of American Linguistics
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Copyright 2011 University of Chicago Press. The original published version may be found at http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/660978.
Vajda, Edward J., "A Response to Campbell" (2011). Modern & Classical Languages. 24.
Subjects - Topical (LCSH)
Na-Dene languages--Grammar, Comparative--Yeniseian; Yeniseian languages--Grammar Comparative--Na-Dene; Languages in contact; Field theory (Linguistics)