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Date: 15-Dec-2006
From: Ulrich Lueders < lincom.europa at t-online.de >
Subject: Introduction to the Study of the Languages of the Caucasus:
Hewitt 

	
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Subject: Introduction to the Study of the Languages of the Caucasus: Hewitt 
 



Title: Introduction to the Study of the Languages of the Caucasus 
Series Title: LINCOM Handbook in  Linguistics 19  

Publication Year: 2006 
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
	   http://www.lincom.eu
	
Author: George Hewitt

Hardback: ISBN: 3895867349 Pages: 420 Price: Europe EURO 142.00


Abstract:

Chapter 1   Origins and Progress of the Study  
The chapter includes a survey of those who have made the most significant
contributions to our understanding of the nature of, and relations between,
the relevant languages and notes some websites that offer sources of
information.

 
Chapter 2   The Language-families and Individual Languages 
The individual languages along with appropriate sociolinguistic data are
here introduced.

Chapter 3   Phonological Systems 
Consonant- and vowel-systems, with discussion of such interesting features
as the level of minimalism in the North West Caucasian family and the
differing consonantal inventories in the North East that one finds in the
works of different commentators, are included here.

Chapter 4   Morphology    
This is the first of the two central substantial chapters. It compares the
ways in which the different families achieve their levels of complexity,
with polysynthetic verbal systems coupled with minimal noun-morphology in
the North West contrasting with complex nominal morphologies accompanied by
relatively simply verbal structures in the North Central and North East,
with South Caucasian occupying a middle area of reasonably complex verbal
and nominal systems together.

Chapter 5   Syntax    
This is the largest of the chapters and introduces material from members of
all the families for all the major syntactic constructions. Since syntactic
properties are normally not examined in detail in the traditional grammars
produced by native linguists, the information contained here should be
especially useful. 

Chapter 6   Lexis    
Some properties of word-formation are presented, especially the numerical
systems. 

Chapter 7   What Does the Future Hold?    
There is is a discussion of the scripts employed for the literary languages
of the region, and the opportunity is taken to stress views already
expressed by the author as to the possibility of introducing a roman-based
orthography that could be used to represent ANY of the northern languages.
Failing this, a unified Cyrillic-based system is also discussed.
Appendix   Kartvelian Preverbs 

The book, which is dedicated to the memory of Helma van den Berg, who died
during the final weeks of its preparation, is completed by a comprehensive
list of references which should serve as a useful bibliography for anyone
new to the subject. 
Unlike G. Klimov's earlier introduction (available in both Russian and
German translation), with its division into self-contained descriptions for
the different language-families, information here is presented on a
thematic basis. 

George Hewitt FBA, is Professor of Caucasian Languages, NME Dept., SOAS.

ISBN 3 89586 734 9. LINCOM Handbook in  Linguistics 19. Hardbound. 420pp.
EUR 138.00. 2nd printing 2006. 



Linguistic Field(s): Language Description
                     Linguistic Theories

Language Family(ies): East Caucasian
                      Northwest Caucasian 


Written In: English  (eng)
	
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