Theodore B. Fernald F'09

Theodore B. Fernald
Professor
Linguistics
Swarthmore College

ACLS Fellowship Program 2009
Associate Professor
Linguistics
Swarthmore College
A Reference Grammar of the Navajo Language

This project completes a reference grammar for the Navajo language. While high quality reference materials are available for the internal structure of Navajo verbs, a systematic description of Navajo sentence structure is absent in the literature. This project covers the structure, meaning, and use of all known Navajo sentence types. Among these are the inverse construction, direct and indirect discourse constructions, comparative and equative sentences, questions, commands, and conditionals. Entries in the grammar are streamlined, with generalizations stated early and with complications and exceptions added later. A wide range of examples and additional notes are included in each section.