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

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
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Linguistic Field(s): Lexicography
Subject Language(s): Ahtena
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781555000998
Pages: 164
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