A Short Grammar of Georgian
Tbilisi State University
Georgian is the official language of Georgia. It’s the primary language of
about 3.9 million people in Georgia itself (about 83 percent of the
population), and of another 500,000 abroad (chiefly in Turkey, Iran,
Russia, USA and Europe). It is the literary language for all ethnographic
groups of Georgian people, especially those who speak other South Caucasian
languages (or Kartvelian languages).
Georgian can be characterised as an agglutinative language. It shows split
ergativity, poly-personal verbal constructions and has a
subject-verb-object primary sentence structure.
A Short Grammar of Georgian starts with a presentation of the Georgian
writing system. The following chapters discuss nominal and verbal
morphology with a special focus on poly-personal verbal conjugation. The
data is presented in a very simple way so that one can learn the general
items of Georgian Grammar rather easily.
Besides the clear short description of Georgian grammar categories in
traditional terms the author exposes some original views of the most
complicated categories: such as version, personality, ergativity,
destination and class-category.
ISBN 9783895861512. LINCOM Studies in Caucasian Linguistics 16. 128pp. 2009.