Noun incorporation in northern Athapaskan
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AbstractThe goal of this thesis is to bridge the gap in the study of noun incorporation between current theoretical and Athapaskan linguistics. Traditionally, noun incorporation has been viewed as a lexical process. Although this view was challenged by several linguists over time, Athapaskanists have always treated noun incorporation as belonging to the realm of morphology/the lexicon. The goal stated above will be achieved by applying two theories to Northem Athapaskan noun incorporation phenomena: the theory developed by Baker (1988), and the functional approach of Giv6n (1984, 1985, to appear). Thus, a better understanding of noun incorporation in Athapaskan, with its morphological as well as syntactic characteristics, will be obtained. This, in tum, will shed new light on the old theoretical controversy of whether noun incorporation is a morphological or a syntactic process.
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