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Mon Mar 15 1999

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  1. Bernard Comrie, Bezhta-Russian Dictionary

Message 1: Bezhta-Russian Dictionary

Date: Fri, 12 Mar 1999 18:14:04 +0100
From: Bernard Comrie <>
Subject: Bezhta-Russian Dictionary

Bezhta-Russian dictionary

Bezhta is one of the unwritten languages of the Tsezic sub-group of the
Nakh-Daghestanian (Northeast Caucasian) language family. In 1995 the
Institute of Language, Literature and Arts of the Daghestan Scientific
Centre of the Russian Academy of Science published a Bezhta-Russian
Dictionary, the first of its kind. The author is Majid Khalilov, himself a
native speaker of Bezhta and also head of the lexicographic section of the
Institute. The summary provided in the 418-page dictionary is replicated

Copies of this dictionary are available from the Institute in Makhachkala
(Daghestan Republic, Russia). The price set by the Institute is US $20. If
you are interested in obtaining a copy, please contact Bernard Comrie
<> in the first instance.


The dictionary contains about 7000 words of the unwritten Bezhta language
which is a member of the Avar-Andi-Tsez group of Daghestan languages. Most
words are illustrated with free and phraseological word-combinations:
phrases, proverbs, sayings. In addition, the dictionary contains
microtoponyms, anthroponyms, nicknames, names of the tukhums (clans) and
their branches, a short grammatical essay and a Russian-Bezhta index. The
dictionary is intended for linguists researching Caucasian languages, for
the speakers of the Bezhta language and for those who are interested in
this language.
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