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Media: Are Sounds Of The Caucasus Shaped By The Mountains Themselves?

Submitter: Brent Woo

Submitter Email: bwoo@linguistlist.org
Linguistic Field(s): Phonology

Subject Language(s): Adyghe
Avaric
Chechen
Georgian

Language Family: Northwest Caucasian
East Caucasian

Media Body: Radio Free Europe presents a short discussion of some research that has investigated whether or not geography of an area has an effect on the structure and sounds of a language.

Read: http://www.rferl.org/content/language-caucasus-geography-mountains-circassian-georgian-armenian/25039081.html
Issue Number: 24.2761
Date Posted: July 08, 2013

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