LINGUIST List 11.1365

Tue Jun 20 2000

Books: Semitic Langs, Native American Langs

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Directory

  • LINCOM EUROPA, Semitic Lang: Inor, B. Chamora & R. Hetzron
  • LINCOM EUROPA, Native American Langs: Kiliwa, Mauricio J. Mixco
  • LINCOM EUROPA, Native American Lang: The Old Sirinek Language, N. Vakhtin

    Message 1: Semitic Lang: Inor, B. Chamora & R. Hetzron

    Date: Tue, 20 Jun 2000 23:04:00 +0200
    From: LINCOM EUROPA <LINCOM.EUROPAt-online.de>
    Subject: Semitic Lang: Inor, B. Chamora & R. Hetzron


    INOR

    BERHANU CHAMORA, Universite du Qu�bec � Montreal ROBERT HETZRON University of California, Santa Barbara

    Inor is a Gurage dialect (South-Ethiopian Semitic) spoken in South Central Ethiopia by about 156, 000 speakers. It is one of the most complex and least understood Ethiopian Semitic languages.

    This monograph provides a sketch of the phonology, morphology, morphosemantics and syntax of Inor. It presents a synchronic description of its consonantal alternations, as observed in verbs, and establish its phonemic system. We show that Inor verbs select one of two basic patterns: short and long. This division applies to both sound (or transparent) verbs, such as s�p�r 'break' and gIr�t�B 'cut into two', and weak (or opaque) verbs, such as a?�r 'make a fence' and bIr�Z� 'run off suddenly'. A brief description of the morphosemantics of verb derivations is also put forth. An overview of the complex suffixal system is also provided. Finally, most basic syntactic structures are discussed, as are issues such as tenses and negation.

    The monograph contains data and analyses which will be of interest to specialists in general linguistics, as well as to students of Ethiopian, Semitic and African languages.

    ISBN 3 89586 977 5. Languages of the World/Materials 118 64pp. EUR 25.46 / USD 32.50 / DM 49.80 / � 19.90.

    Ordering information for individuals: Please give us your creditcard no. / expiry date. Prices in this information include shipment worldwide by airmail. A standing order for this series is available with special discounts offered to individual subscribers.

    Free copies of LINCOM'S newsflashes 20 & 21 are now available from LINCOM.EUROPAt-online.de.

    LINCOM EUROPA, Freibadstr. 3, D-81543 Muenchen, Germany; FAX +49 89 62269404; http://www.lincom-europa.com LINCOM.EUROPAt-online.de.

    Message 2: Native American Langs: Kiliwa, Mauricio J. Mixco

    Date: Tue, 20 Jun 2000 23:15:16 +0200
    From: LINCOM EUROPA <LINCOM.EUROPAt-online.de>
    Subject: Native American Langs: Kiliwa, Mauricio J. Mixco


    Kiliwa

    MAURICIO J. MIXCO, University of Utah

    Kiliwa, sole member of one of the four branches of Yuman (within Cochim�i-Yuman), has under 8 fluent speakers, among some 35 members of its comunidad ind�gena. Poverty and the strictures of the kinship system have reduced the Kiliwa, from some 2,000 in the 1790s to their present numbers. They occupy a fragment of their aboriginal territory in the municipalidad de Ensenada, Baja California Norte, Mexico. Kiliwa has vocalic epenthesis, a rich consonant system with many clusters, 3 vowels (plus length). It is a verb-final, head-marking language, with positional auxiliary verbs (sit, stand, lie) and classificatory verbs (be, do, say) marking tense-aspect-modality along with benefactives, causatives, etc. The verb has subject-object nominative-accusative prefixation with root ablaut and affixation for subject-object number agreement. Coordinate clauses suffix a three-way realis/irrealis distinction subject-continuity/switch-reference; this combines with a system for tracking predicate-continuity with fronted classificatory auxiliaries. Relative clauses distinguish subject from non-subject heads.

    MAURICIO J. MIXCO, Professor of Linguistics and Languages at the University of Utah, began publishing on three Cochim�i-Yuman languages of northwestern Mexico.

    ISBN 3 89586 233 9. Languages of the World/Materials 193 64pp. EUR 25.46 / USD 32.50 / DM 49.80 / � 19.90.

    Ordering information for individuals: Please give us your creditcard no. / expiry date. Prices in this information include shipment worldwide by airmail. A standing order for this series is available with special discounts offered to individual subscribers.

    Free copies of LINCOM'S newsflashes 20 & 21 are now available from LINCOM.EUROPAt-online.de.

    LINCOM EUROPA, Freibadstr. 3, D-81543 Muenchen, Germany; FAX +49 89 62269404; http://www.lincom-europa.com LINCOM.EUROPAt-online.de.

    Message 3: Native American Lang: The Old Sirinek Language, N. Vakhtin

    Date: Mon, 19 Jun 2000 00:53:43 +0200
    From: LINCOM EUROPA <LINCOM.EUROPAt-online.de>
    Subject: Native American Lang: The Old Sirinek Language, N. Vakhtin


    The Old Sirinek Language: Texts, Lexicon, Grammatical Notes

    NIKOLAI VAKHTIN, Russian Academy of Sciences

    This book deals with one of the most mysterious languages of the Far North of Russia - the so-called Old Sirinek Language (OSL, self-designation of the speakers uqeghllistun). The language is part of the Eskimo family; however, its place in the family is unclear. According to some theories, this language is the last survival of a third group of Eskimo languages alongside Yupik and Inuit. Although OSL speakers were located in eastern Chukotka, in the same area as Siberian Yupik speakers, and fused with the latter to a high extent, the OSL retained deep structural, phonological, and lexical distinctions from all Yupik languages.

    In 1895 the language had 79 speakers, in 1964 it had approximately 30 speakers, and in 1988-1990 there remained only four people who still could speak it. The last speaker, Valentina Wye, the person whose language skills and patient efforts to share them made this book possible, died in 1997.

    The book contains practically everything collected on OSL by several Russian scholars - Ekaterina Rubtsova, Georgii Menovschikov, Nina Emelianova and Nikolai Vakhtin - during the 50 years from the 1940s to the 1990s, with small additions of data collected by other people. It consists of four main parts: (1) Introduction, in which the history of OSL description is outlined, its genetic affiliation with other Eskimo languages is discussed, and a brief comparison with Siberian Yupik Eskimo is given; (2) the main part of the book, giving folklore and other narrative texts in OSL with Russian interlinear translation and, for some texts, parallels from Siberian Yupik Eskimo language; (3) a small section presenting grammatical data on the language; and (4) a supplement where lexical data are presented as materials for a dictionary, ca. 2500 entries.[written in Russian]

    ISBN 3 89586 951 1. LINCOM Studies in Asian Linguistics 33 Ca. 600 pp. Ca. USD 89 / DM 164 / � 55.

    Ordering information for individuals: Please give us your creditcard no. / expiry date. Prices in this information include shipment worldwide by airmail. A standing order for this series is available with special discounts offered to individual subscribers.

    Free copies of LINCOM'S newsflashes 20 & 21 are now available from LINCOM.EUROPAt-online.de.

    LINCOM EUROPA, Freibadstr. 3, D-81543 Muenchen, Germany; FAX +49 89 62269404; http://www.lincom-europa.com LINCOM.EUROPAt-online.de.
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