Phonological Sketch of Mushuau Innu (Davis Inlet Naskapi)
This thesis is a description of the sound system of Mushuau Innu (also called Davis Inlet Naskapi); it is based on field work done by José Mailhot in 1971. Mushuau Innu is an Algonquian language (closely related to Cree and Montagnais) spoken in Northern Labrador by about 500 people. The thesis describes the language's inventory of sounds, their distributions and the way they pattern together. These descriptions are presented in the theoretical frameworks of linear phonology, feature geometry and metrical theory. One pattern in the sound system of Mushuau Innu is of particular interest: the sounds /n/ and /y/ can alternate in some words; the thesis offers a theoretical explanation for this unusual alternation. The thesis also offers some comparison between the sounds systems of Mushuau Innu and related dialects.
01 Jan 2000
Strategic Research Theme
Arctic and Northern Regions
Creative Arts, Culture and Heritage