Marianne Mithun

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I am fascinated by all we can learn about what languages are like and what makes them that way. I find we can learn some of the most surprising things by documenting languages as they are used spontaneously by their speakers, in natural contexts for a variety of purposes, and by considering each area of structure (phonetics, phonology, prosody, morphology, syntax, discourse) in the context of the others, as well as in their diachronic and areal contexts. My own work has focused especially on Mohawk, Cayuga, and Tuscarora (Iroquoian); Central Pomo (Pomoan); Barbareño Chumash (Chumashan); Central Alaskan Yup'ik (Eskimo-Aleut); Navajo (Athabaskan); and Kapampangan (Austronesian); as well as some work with Cree (Algonquian), Dakota/Lakhota and Tutelo (Siouan), and Selayarese (Austronesian).






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