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date: 16 November 2019

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This article provides an overview of syntactic patterns in the Athapaskan language family. It focuses on the yi-/bi alternation, an issue concerning the distribution of two third-person pronominal forms in Navajo and other languages of the Athapaskan family, and the consequences for hierarchical relations. The article discusses the licensing of y and the parameters of in third-person inflection in Athapaskan languages.

Keywords: syntactic patterns, Athapaskan language, yi-bi alternation, third-person inflection, pronominal forms, Navajo language

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