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Volume 6, Issue 2 (2012) Pp. 1–14

Design Issues in Athabaskan Dictionaries
by Sharon Hargus, University of Washington

Athabaskan (Dene) verbs present two main problems for the lexicographer. First, in their most basic form, verbs are often discontinuous, an unpronounceable, non-word object. Secondly, the headword of the verb is the final syllable of the verb. In this article I survey a variety of published and unpublished dictionaries of Athabaskan languages, presenting and critiquing the different choices that have been made with respect to the representation of discontinuity and headword choice.

Keywords: Athabaskan, dictionary

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