LINGUIST List 11.1365

Tue Jun 20 2000

Books: Semitic Langs, Native American Langs

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Directory

  1. LINCOM EUROPA, Semitic Lang: Inor, B. Chamora & R. Hetzron
  2. LINCOM EUROPA, Native American Langs: Kiliwa, Mauricio J. Mixco
  3. LINCOM EUROPA, Native American Lang: The Old Sirinek Language, N. Vakhtin

Message 1: Semitic Lang: Inor, B. Chamora & R. Hetzron

Date: Tue, 20 Jun 2000 23:04:00 +0200
From: LINCOM EUROPA <LINCOM.EUROPAt-online.de>
Subject: Semitic Lang: Inor, B. Chamora & R. Hetzron

INOR

BERHANU CHAMORA, Universite du Qu�bec � Montreal 
ROBERT HETZRON University of California, Santa Barbara

Inor is a Gurage dialect (South-Ethiopian Semitic) spoken in South
Central Ethiopia by about 156, 000 speakers. It is one of the most
complex and least understood Ethiopian Semitic languages.

This monograph provides a sketch of the phonology, morphology,
morphosemantics and syntax of Inor. It presents a synchronic
description of its consonantal alternations, as observed in verbs, and
establish its phonemic system. We show that Inor verbs select one of
two basic patterns: short and long. This division applies to both
sound (or transparent) verbs, such as s�p�r 'break' and gIr�t�B 'cut
into two', and weak (or opaque) verbs, such as a?�r 'make a fence' and
bIr�Z� 'run off suddenly'. A brief description of the morphosemantics
of verb derivations is also put forth. An overview of the complex
suffixal system is also provided. Finally, most basic syntactic
structures are discussed, as are issues such as tenses and negation.

The monograph contains data and analyses which will be of interest to
specialists in general linguistics, as well as to students of
Ethiopian, Semitic and African languages.


ISBN 3 89586 977 5. 
Languages of the World/Materials 118
64pp. EUR 25.46 / USD 32.50 / DM 49.80 / � 19.90.

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Free copies of LINCOM'S newsflashes 20 & 21 are now available from
LINCOM.EUROPAt-online.de.

LINCOM EUROPA, Freibadstr. 3, D-81543 Muenchen, Germany; 
FAX +49 89 62269404; 
http://www.lincom-europa.com
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Message 2: Native American Langs: Kiliwa, Mauricio J. Mixco

Date: Tue, 20 Jun 2000 23:15:16 +0200
From: LINCOM EUROPA <LINCOM.EUROPAt-online.de>
Subject: Native American Langs: Kiliwa, Mauricio J. Mixco

Kiliwa

MAURICIO J. MIXCO, University of Utah

Kiliwa, sole member of one of the four branches of Yuman (within
Cochim�i-Yuman), has under 8 fluent speakers, among some 35 members of
its comunidad ind�gena. Poverty and the strictures of the kinship
system have reduced the Kiliwa, from some 2,000 in the 1790s to their
present numbers. They occupy a fragment of their aboriginal territory
in the municipalidad de Ensenada, Baja California Norte,
Mexico. Kiliwa has vocalic epenthesis, a rich consonant system with
many clusters, 3 vowels (plus length). It is a verb-final,
head-marking language, with positional auxiliary verbs (sit, stand,
lie) and classificatory verbs (be, do, say) marking
tense-aspect-modality along with benefactives, causatives, etc. The
verb has subject-object nominative-accusative prefixation with root
ablaut and affixation for subject-object number agreement. Coordinate
clauses suffix a three-way realis/irrealis distinction
subject-continuity/switch-reference; this combines with a system for
tracking predicate-continuity with fronted classificatory
auxiliaries. Relative clauses distinguish subject from non-subject
heads.

MAURICIO J. MIXCO, Professor of Linguistics and Languages at the
University of Utah, began publishing on three Cochim�i-Yuman languages
of northwestern Mexico.


ISBN 3 89586 233 9. 
Languages of the World/Materials 193
64pp. EUR 25.46 / USD 32.50 / DM 49.80 / � 19.90.

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LINCOM EUROPA, Freibadstr. 3, D-81543 Muenchen, Germany; 
FAX +49 89 62269404; 
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Message 3: Native American Lang: The Old Sirinek Language, N. Vakhtin

Date: Mon, 19 Jun 2000 00:53:43 +0200
From: LINCOM EUROPA <LINCOM.EUROPAt-online.de>
Subject: Native American Lang: The Old Sirinek Language, N. Vakhtin

The Old Sirinek Language:
Texts, Lexicon, Grammatical Notes

NIKOLAI VAKHTIN, Russian Academy of Sciences

This book deals with one of the most mysterious languages of the Far
North of Russia - the so-called Old Sirinek Language (OSL,
self-designation of the speakers uqeghllistun). The language is part
of the Eskimo family; however, its place in the family is unclear.
According to some theories, this language is the last survival of a
third group of Eskimo languages alongside Yupik and Inuit. Although
OSL speakers were located in eastern Chukotka, in the same area as
Siberian Yupik speakers, and fused with the latter to a high extent,
the OSL retained deep structural, phonological, and lexical
distinctions from all Yupik languages.

In 1895 the language had 79 speakers, in 1964 it had approximately 30
speakers, and in 1988-1990 there remained only four people who still
could speak it. The last speaker, Valentina Wye, the person whose
language skills and patient efforts to share them made this book
possible, died in 1997.

The book contains practically everything collected on OSL by several
Russian scholars - Ekaterina Rubtsova, Georgii Menovschikov, Nina
Emelianova and Nikolai Vakhtin - during the 50 years from the 1940s to
the 1990s, with small additions of data collected by other people. It
consists of four main parts:
(1) Introduction, in which the history of OSL description is outlined,
its genetic affiliation with other Eskimo languages is discussed, and
a brief comparison with Siberian Yupik Eskimo is given; (2) the main
part of the book, giving folklore and other narrative texts in OSL
with Russian interlinear translation and, for some texts, parallels
from Siberian Yupik Eskimo language; (3) a small section presenting
grammatical data on the language; and (4) a supplement where lexical
data are presented as materials for a dictionary, ca. 2500
entries.[written in Russian]

ISBN 3 89586 951 1. 
LINCOM Studies in Asian Linguistics 33
Ca. 600 pp. Ca. USD 89 / DM 164 / � 55. 

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