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Generic reference As expected, generic reference is made with the special generic pronominal prefixes. When the generic (fourth-person) preflxes ji-lhw-'one' are used generically,they do not co-occurwith a lexical nominal. The alternation can be seen in two sentencesfrom an anecdote told by Mrs. Soul6 that were separatedby a small side comment. In the first she used a generic construction, and in the second a referential third-person lexical nominal 'all the people' with third-person (zero) subject prefix.

In Navajo,asin Yup'ik, a hypothetical referent is establishedwith an independentquestion word, then referredto by a pronominal prefix in the verb. The verbs of content questionsmust contain a basic third-person pronominal prefix referring to the prefix. participant,ratherthan anunspecified questioned (59) Navajo contentquestions(Dolly Soul6,speaker) a. H6ili neidis'ii'la? ' -whohid b. Haoit'iili ndanohlch6? ' Yes-no questions can contain unspecifiedprefixes; they do not necessarily involve a hypothetical referent whose existence is by a questionword.

In Navajo,asin Yup'ik, a hypothetical referent is establishedwith an independentquestion word, then referredto by a pronominal prefix in the verb. The verbs of content questionsmust contain a basic third-person pronominal prefix referring to the prefix. participant,ratherthan anunspecified questioned (59) Navajo contentquestions(Dolly Soul6,speaker) a. H6ili neidis'ii'la? ' -whohid b. Haoit'iili ndanohlch6? ' Yes-no questions can contain unspecifiedprefixes; they do not necessarily involve a hypothetical referent whose existence is by a questionword.

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