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LINGUIST List 20.1775

Fri May 08 2009

Books: Typology/General Ling: Gruzdeva

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        1.    Ulrich Lueders, Nivkh: Gruzdeva

Message 1: Nivkh: Gruzdeva
Date: 05-May-2009
From: Ulrich Lueders <lincom.europat-online.de>
Subject: Nivkh: Gruzdeva
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Title: Nivkh
Series Title: Languages of the World/Materials 111
Published: 2009
Publisher: Lincom GmbH

Author: Ekaterina Gruzdeva
Paperback: ISBN: 3895860395 Pages: 60 Price: Europe EURO 38.60

Note: This is the 2nd printing of a previously announced book.

Nivkh (otherwise known as Gilyak) is considered genetically isolated,
though is traditionally classified as Paleasiberian. Typologically, Nivkh
is an agglutinative synthetic nominative language with elements of
morphological fusion and some analytical features.

It is the language of a small nationality (4,700 people) presently residing
mainly at the lower reaches of the Amur River in the far east on the Asian
continent and on Sakhalin Island (Russia). Four dialects of Nivkh are
distinguished: Amur, East-Sakhalin, North-Sakhalin and South-Sakhalin. The
description is based primarily on the materials of Amur and East-Sakhalin
diaelcts of Nivkh, the last not well described yet. The sketch contains
five sections, two folklore texts (in both examined dialects of Nivkh) with
interlinear translation and an ample bibliography.

The first section describes socio- and geolinguistic data, different
hypothesis of Nivkh genesis and principal stages of its studying. The
phonology and morphology section deals with the phoneme inventory, prosody,
syllable structure and morphological alternations. It pays particular
attention to the system of initial consonant alternations in noun and verb
phrases. Principal models of word-formation are discussed in the third
section. The fourth section is devoted to the analysis of nominal and
verbal morphology, pronominal system, numerals, adverbs, graphic words,
connective words and interjections. Special emphasis is laid to the unique
system of cardinals consisting of 26 sub-systems, each of those is used for
counting objects of special types. The section also focuses on finite
verbal forms and their categories, as well as on non-finite verbal forms.
Nivkh is well-known for its numerous converbs, which number is about 30.
The last section examines syntax of noun and verb phrases, word order,
clause structure and clause chaining with special reference to a
polypredicative construction. The last is usually represented as a
predicate complex whose verbal forms are interlinked by different semantic
relations, namely tense, cause, condition, concession, etc.

2009/2nd printing.

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Subject Language(s): Gilyak (niv)

Written In: English (eng )

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