Paradigmatic relations in Navajo morphology: learnability and the lexicon
Join us for a colloquium on Friday, March 6! Dr. Joyce McDonough from the University of Rochester will be presenting on “Paradigmatic relations in Navajo morphology: learnability and the lexicon” at 1pm in Humanities 134. ASL interpretation provided on request.
The Navajo ‘verb’ is a verbal complex constituting a complex ‘polysynthetic’ inflectional system that carries significant information. These verbal complexes reside dense neighborhoods of closely related forms that differ from each other in systematic and clearly learnable ways. Thus the relationship among these word forms must be reliable, and organized in ways that facilitate reliable patterns between a known word form and a related form. The goal of this research is to investigate the patterns that whole words participate in, to identify any constituent parts, and to provide a reliable description of the structure of verbal complex based on these patterns, and crucially not on decompositional morphemic analyses (i.e. templates), that may serves as a realistic working model of the organization of a native speaker’s lexicon.
Joyce McDonough is a Professor of Linguistics at the University of Rochester in Rochester New York. She is a phonologist and phonetician working on the sound structure of Navajo and its sister Athabaskan languages to understand a speaker’s knowledge of word structure, based on the understanding that speech is the primary means of communication and learning.
Join us this Wednesday starting at 5:30pm for Diné Culture Night: Naadą́ą́’ Dajik’á! We will be grinding corn, singing songs and learning to make blue corn mush. Hosted by the Native Health Initiative
Location: Domenici Center North Wing @ Health Sciences Center Room 2720 – 1001 Stanford Dr NE
Parking: UNM Law School Lot L located at Stanford Dr @ Tucker Ave – Free after 4pm
This is a family friendly event!
Students will experience grinding corn using the traditional Navajo tools – tsé deeshjeeʼ, tsé deeshʼíní, and tsé bee nálzhoozh. Students will hear the songs associated with corn grinding and will be encouraged to sing along. In pairs, students will work together to grind corn and practice the Diné concept of supporting one another. This event will consist of a presentation and discussion about the significance of the Navajo white, yellow, and blue corn. We will conclude with a step-by-step demonstration of how to make blue corn mush. Immersion methods and strategies will be implemented during this session. This is a family friendly event.
We are excited to host our first Diné Culture Night on main campus this semester. Hajíínéí haneʼ baa haneʼ dooleeł.
Join us for Diné storytelling and knowledge sharing on UNM campus. Hajíínéíhaneʼ helps us identify and understand the importance of the traditional concepts of ádánístáhakess, ádánáhatʼá, ádił ídlį́ and ájoobaʼ. Presenters will share stories while participants create a mini-poster to help them solidify understanding of the various Diné worlds. Participants will also learn terminology associated with the Diné people’s emergence to the earth’s surface through the black, blue, and yellow worlds. Diné Bizaad immersion methods and strategies will be implemented during this session.
The Navajo Language Program and Native American Studies are hosting a Diné Culture Night on Nov. 22, in Lobo A&B on the third floor of the SUB. This event is open to the public and space is limited. We hope to see you there!
Knowledge Sharing 1: A brief introduction to Késhjééʼ (Navajo Shoe Game)
What does one need to play Késhjééʼ?
Rules and scorekeeping
Késhjééʼ on November 22, 2019
Students will be briefly introduced to the Navajo shoe game. We will review Navajo shoe game protocols, setup, and scorekeeping. This session will last 20 minutes.
Knowledge Sharing 2: Shoe game songs
Learn to sing two to four shoe game songs
This session will focus on the Késhjééʼ, the Navajo Shoe Game. The oral history of the shoe game will be shared with participants and the audience will learn the rules of the game and Késhjééʼ protocols. Participants will learn to sing shoe game songs before playing. Késhjééʼ is a Navajo game that is only played in the winter.
This is the sixth of seven Diné Culture Nights for Fall 2019.