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Title: Current Trends in Caucasian, East European and Inner Asian Linguistics
Subtitle: Papers in honor of Howard I. Aronson
Edited By: Dee Ann Holisky
Kevin J. Tuite
Series Title: Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 246

This volume is a collection of seventeen papers, on languages of all three indigenous Caucasian families as well as other languages spoken on the territory of the former Soviet Union. Several papers are concerned with diachronic questions, either within individual families, or at deeper time depths. Some authors utilize their field data to address problems of general linguistic interest, such as reflexivization. A number of papers look at the evidence for contact-induced change in multilingual areas. Some of the most exciting contributions to the collection represent significant advances in the reconstruction of the prehistory of such understudied language families as Northeast Caucasian, Tungusic and the baffling isolate Ket. This book will be of interest not only to specialists in the indigenous languages of the former USSR, but also to historical and synchronic linguists seeking to familiarize themselves with the fascinating, typologically diverse languages from the interior of the Eurasian continent.

Dee Ann Holisky is Professor of English and Linguistics, and Associate Dean for Academic Programs of the College of Arts & Sciences at George Mason University. She is the author of Aspect and Georgian Medial Verbs (Caravan Books, 1981) and of numerous articles on Georgian and Kartvelian linguistics. Kevin Tuite is Professor of Anthropology at the Université de Montréal. Among his books are An Anthology of Georgian Folk Poetry (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1994) and Ethnolinguistics and Anthropological Theory (co-edited with Christine Jourdan; Montréal: Éditions Fides, 2003).

Table of contents

Kevin Tuite vii
Victor A. Friedman xix
Towards a Phonological Typology of Native Siberia
Gregory D.S. Anderson 1–22
On the Syntax of Possessive Reflexive Pronouns in Modern Georgian and Certain Indo-European Languages
Shukia Apridonidze 23–28
How Many Verb Classes Are There in Mingrelian?
Marcello Cherchi 29–39
More Pontic: Further Etymologies Between Indo-European and Northwest Caucasian
John Colarusso 41–60
The Bulgarians of Moldova and Their Language
Donald Dyer 61–74
Lak Folktales: Materials for a Bilingual Reader: Part Two
Victor A. Friedman 75–83
Typology of Writing, Greek Alphabet, and the Origin of Alphabetic Scripts of the Christian Orient
Thomas V. Gamkrelidze 85–96
The Case for Dialect Continua in Tungusic: Plural Morphology
Lenore A. Grenoble and Lindsay J. Whaley 97–122
Ingush Inflectional Verb Morphology: A Synchronic Classification and Historical Analysis with Comparison to Chechen
Zev Handel 123–175
The Prehistory of Udi Locative Cases and Locative Preverbs
Alice C. Harris 177–191
Vowels and Vowel Harmony in Namangan Tatar
K. David Harrison and Abigail R. Kaun 193–206
The Nakh-Daghestanian Consonant Correspondences
Johanna Nichols 207–264
Constraints on Reflexivization in Tsez
Maria Polinsky and Bernard Comrie 265–289
The Diachrony of Demonstrative Pronouns in East Caucasian
Wolfgang Schulze 291–348
On Double Dative Constructions in Georgian
Kora Singer 349–362
Kartvelian Series Markers
Kevin Tuite 363–391
Tone and Phoneme in Ket
Edward J. Vajda 393–418
Index 419–426

Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
Language Family(ies): Altaic
Slavic Subgroup
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1588114619
ISBN-13: 9781588114617
Pages: xxviii, 426 pp.
Prices: U.S. $ 176
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027247587
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Pages: xxviii, 426 pp.
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