Tahltan verb classifiers and how to use them

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Date created: 
2019-04-16
Identifier: 
etd20250
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Keywords: classificatory verbs
Tahltan verb classifiers
Tāłtān
Tahltan language
Immersion
Stress-response
Abstract: 

One frustration as a learner of my heritage language, Tāłtān, is the lack of resources. I created four booklets on what we learned as Tahltan Verb Classifiers; the linguistic term is classificatory verbs. Each booklet contains a different aspect of this feature; includes lessons in how to use it. A literature review revealed it had never been thoroughly researched. Therefore, information came from: language classes, instructors, recordings, and fluent speakers. My interviews: five individuals and one group session of seven. Most fluent speakers were unavailable; that is the problem when your ‘dictionaries’ have legs. The ‘big’ lesson I learned is that it is imperative we focus on collecting vocabulary before the words fade away from non-use.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project
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This thesis may be printed or downloaded for non-commercial research and scholarly purposes. Copyright remains with the author.
Senior supervisor: 
Marianne Ignace
Department: 
Arts & Social Sciences: Department of Linguistics
Thesis type: 
(Project) M.A.
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