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date: 13 June 2021

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Athabaskan languages are known for their complex morphology, especially in the domain of the verb word. Languages of the Athabaskan family pose a number of interesting challenges to understanding derivation, including how derivation is defined, the nature of the lexical entry, criteria for considering whether word formation is lexical or syntactic, the nature of verb templates, derivational potential, and unexpected ordering of derivational and inflectional elements, and these issues are examined in this article.

Keywords: Athabaskan, category-determining morphology, category-changing morphology, lexical entry, nominalization, evaluative morphology, idiosyncrasy, verb, diachrony

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