Publishing Partner: Cambridge University Press CUP Extra Wiley-Blackwell Publisher Login
amazon logo
More Info


New from Oxford University Press!

ad

Words in Time and Place: Exploring Language Through the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary

By David Crystal

Offers a unique view of the English language and its development, and includes witty commentary and anecdotes along the way.


New from Cambridge University Press!

ad

Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases

By Peter Mark Roget

This book "supplies a vocabulary of English words and idiomatic phrases 'arranged … according to the ideas which they express'. The thesaurus, continually expanded and updated, has always remained in print, but this reissued first edition shows the impressive breadth of Roget's own knowledge and interests."


New from Brill!

ad

The Brill Dictionary of Ancient Greek

By Franco Montanari

Coming soon: The Brill Dictionary of Ancient Greek by Franco Montanari is the most comprehensive dictionary for Ancient Greek to English for the 21st Century. Order your copy now!


Book Information

   
Sun Image

Title: Ahtna Place Names Lists, 2nd edition revised
Edited By: James Kari
Description:

Ahtna is the Athabascan language of the Copper River drainage in
Southcentral Alaska. First published 1983, a revised 2nd edition of Ahtna
Place Names Lists is now available in a limited edition of 350 copies. With
over 2200 place names in drainage-based sections within and beyond the
35,000 sq. mi. language area, Ahtna has the most comprehensive geographic
name data set for any Alaska Native language.

The 33-page introduction entitled "Ahtna Athabascan Place Names as Shared
Knowledge" summarizes the documentary sources on Ahtna geographic names and
the core elements of Ahtna and Athabascan geographic naming. These
elements–name content, name structure, name distribution and name
networks–have promoted functional travel, strategic land use, shared
boundaries, and multilingualism with other Athabascan groups. For Ahtna we
can marvel at the strict purity, orderliness, symmetry, and functionality
of the geography. This is a shared, memorized, strongly confirmed
geographic system that is congruent across Athabascan language and dialect
boundaries. Over 89% of the Ahtna place names are fully analyzable and an
astounding 98% are fully-to-partially analyzable. Most of the place names
have naturalistic structure and content, with a mix of cultural activities
and metaphors, all of which facilitate memorization and efficient
foot-travel through and beyond Ahtna territory. Since the Ahtna geographic
system is representative of Northern Athabascan languages, the Ahtna place
names network can serve as primary data for discussions on the role of
geography in the prehistory of Athabascan, Na-Dene and Dene-Yeniseian.

Publication Year: 2008
Publisher: Alaska Native Language Center
Review: Not available for review. If you would like to review a book on The LINGUIST List, please login to view the AFR list.
BibTex: View BibTex record
Linguistic Field(s): Lexicography
Subject Language(s): Ahtena
Issue: All announcements sent out by The LINGUIST List are emailed to our subscribers and archived with the Library of Congress.
Click here to see the original emailed issue.

Versions:
Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781555000998
Pages: 164
Prices: U.S. $ 16.00