LINGUIST List 14.1268

Tue May 6 2003

Books: Lang Description, Northern Yukaghir: Maslova

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Message 1: Tundra Yukaghir: Maslova

Date: Mon, 05 May 2003 16:39:50 +0000
Subject: Tundra Yukaghir: Maslova

Title: Tundra Yukaghir
Series Title: Languages of the World/Materials 372
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
Availability: Available
Author: Elena Maslova, University of Bielefeld 

Paperback: ISBN: 3895867926, Pages: 100, Price: USD 42 / EUR 40 / GBP
Comment: Student/Course Discount: 40%

Tundra Yukaghir is one of the extant Yukaghir languages, two highly
threatened languages spoken in the north-east of Russia. Yukaghir is
considered by different scholars either as a genetic isolate or as a
distant relative of the Uralic family, and is therefore crucial to
reconstruction of prehistory of Siberia and, potentially, of the
Uralic family; for the same reason, it is almost a must in any
sample-based research on cross-linguistic variability. In a number of
ways, Tundra Yukaghir is similar to the languages of the region. It is
a predominantly head-final language with agglutinating morphology.
Clause-linking strategies are based on a variety of non-finite verb
forms; coordination and balancing strategies are virtually absent.
However, there is a number of significant differences, including but
not limited to a morphological Focus-marking system, a set of
topic-introducing devices based on non-finite forms of copula, absence
of grammaticalized past/present distinction, a specialized
cross-reference marker of non-reflexive Possessor opposed to reflexive
possessive pronouns. The Focus system, which also saliently affects
the case alignment, and the tense/aspect/mood system constitute two
major domains of grammatical divergence between the two Yukaghir
languages, Tundra and Kolyma Yukaghir. The book constitutes the first
grammatical overview of Tundra Yukaghir to be published in English. It
is based on previous studies (Krejnovi´┐Ż 1958, 1982), the author's own
field notes (1987, settlement Andryushkino) and analysis of texts
archived in the Yakut branch of Russian Academy of Sciences.
Lingfield(s): Language Description
Subject Language(s): Yukaghir, Northern (Language Code: YKG)

Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

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