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Crimean Tatar: Kavitskaya
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From: Ulrich Lueders <lincom.europat-online.de>
Subject: Crimean Tatar: Kavitskaya
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Title: Crimean Tatar
Series Title: Languages of the World/Materials 477
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
Author: Darya Kavitskaya
Paperback: ISBN: 9783895866906 Pages: 140 Price: Europe EURO 56.30
Crimean Tatar is a Turkic language of the West Kipchak subgroup, spoken
mainly in Ukraine's Crimean peninsula and in Uzbekistan, as well as in
small communities in Russia, Bulgaria, Romania, and Turkey. Crimean Tatar
consists of three major dialects: the Central dialect is currently used as
the standard variety while the Northern and Southern dialects are endangered.
The vowel system of standard Crimean Tatar distinguishes eight vowel
phonemes. Crimean Tatar has backness and rounding harmony, as is the case
in many Turkic languages (most notably, Turkish). However, rounding harmony
is quite different from other Turkic languages, being licensed only by the
first two syllables of the word.
The inflectional morphology of Crimean Tatar is exclusively suffixing, and
derivational morphology makes use of both suffixation and compounding.
Syntactically, Crimean Tatar uses the usual Turkic patterns; however, the
word order is not strictly SOV, possibly reflecting Russian influence.
Complex sentences are formed through the coordination of clauses with or
without conjunctions. Fully embedded clauses are formed with non-finite
verb forms such as participles and converbs. This book contains the first
full description of Crimean Tatar to appear in English or in any other
language. It covers all major aspects of the phonology, morphology, and
syntax of the Central dialect of Crimean Tatar, and it also mentions the
unique features of the Northern and Southern dialects where possible. Three
texts in Central, Northern, and Southern Crimean Tatar with interlinear
glosses and English translation are included.
Subject Language(s): Crimean Turkish (crh)
Written In: English (eng )
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