LINGUIST List 14.3354

Fri Dec 5 2003

Books: Language Description: NIKOLAEVA

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Message 1: Ostyak: NIKOLAEVA

Date: Tue, 2 Dec 2003 18:29:39 -0500 (EST)
From: lincom.europa <>
Subject: Ostyak: NIKOLAEVA

Title: Ostyak
Series Title: Languages of the World/Materials 305
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Lincom GmbH		 
Author: IRINA NIKOLAEVA, Russian Academy of Science 
Paperback: ISBN: 3895865621, Pages: 100, Price: EUR 36.10

This study is intended to provide a grammatical description of Ostyak,
one of the Uralic languages spoken in Western Siberia. The description
is based on the Northern Ostyak dialect of Obdorsk, although divergent
features of other dialects are also discussed. The present paper
emphasizes the syntactic aspect of the language, typically ignored in
previous descriptive work on Ostyak, which mostly concentrates on its
phonology and morphology. Part 1 is a concise sketch of the Ostyak
grammar, made up of the following sections: "Introductory remarks"
(geo- and sociolinguistic data, previous studies, dialect division),
"Phonology" (including phonotactics and prosody), "Morphology"
(grammatical categories, word formation, illustrative paradigms), and
"Basic syntax" (types of simple and complex sentences, discourse
phenomena). A sample text in the Obdorsk dialect of Ostyak is
	Part 2 elaborates on certain syntactic topics that are of a
particular interest from the typological viewpoint. In particular, the
following topics are discussed: information structure and word order,
object agreement, passivization, the relative clause, clause-chaining
and reference tracking, and the category of the evidential.
	Part 3 serves to provide the necessary reference. It contains
the bibliography relevant to the present study, as well as the basic
bibliography on Ostyak. The latter includes editions of the folklore
texts, lexicographic publications, comprehensive descriptions, and the
most important studies on certain aspects of the Ostyak
grammar. (visit our webshop:

Lingfield(s): Language Description

Subject Language(s): Ostyak (Language Code: KCA)

Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

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