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Title: Comparative Chukotko-Kamchatkan Dictionary
Written By: Michael Fortescue
Series Title: Trends in Linguistics. Documentation 23

This volume is the first comprehensive comparative dictionary to cover the
whole of the Chukotko-Kam-chatkan family. The genealogical status of this
family (whether from a common source or due to convergence) has long been
controversial, but its coherence as a family can now be taken as proven.
Its geographical position between Siberia and northernmost America renders
it crucial in any attempt to relate the languages and peoples of these
large linguistic regions.

The dictionary consists of cognate sets arranged alphabetically according
to reconstructed proto-forms and covers all published lexical sources for
the languages concerned (plus a good deal of unpublished material). The
criterion for setting up Proto-Chukotian sets is the existence of clear
cognates in at least two of the four languages: Chukchi, Koryak, Alutor,
and (now extinct) Kerek, and for Proto-Chukotko-Kamchatkan sets cognates in
at least one of these plus Itelmen. Internal loans between the two branches
of the family are indicated - this is particularly important in the case of
the many loans from Koryak to modern western Itelmen. Proto-Itelmen sets
without clear cognates in Chukotian are listed separately, without

The data is presented in a reader-friendly format, with each set divided
into separate lines for the individual languages concerned and with a
common orthography for all reliable modern forms (given as full word stems,
not just 'roots'). The introduction contains information on the
distribution of the individual languages and dialects and all sound
correspondences relating them, plus a sketch of what is known of their
(pre)historical background. Inflections and derivational affixes are
treated in separate sections, and Chukchi and English proto-form indexes
allows multiple routes of access to the data. A full reference list of
sources is included.

Of interest to: Students and Scholars of Linguistic Typology and Historical
Linguistics in General; Specialists in the Field of Paleosiberian Language
Studies; Linguistic Researchers who do not Read Russian; Academic Libraries
and Institutes.

Michael Fortescue is Professor of Linguistics at the University of
Copenhagen, Denmark.


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Publication Year: 2005
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Language Family(ies): Northern Chukotko-Kamchatkan
Southern Chukotko-Kamchatkan
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 3110184176
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Pages: x, 496
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