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Books: Baltic Languages/Historical Ling/Lang Documentation: Nau

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        1.     Ulrich Lueders , A short grammar of Latgalian: Nau

Message 1: A short grammar of Latgalian: Nau
Date: 19-Sep-2011
From: Ulrich Lueders <lincom.europat-online.de>
Subject: A short grammar of Latgalian: Nau
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Title: A short grammar of Latgalian Series Title: Languages of the World/Materials 482 Published: 2011 Publisher: Lincom GmbH
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Book URL: http://lincom-shop.eu

Author: Nicole Nau Paperback: ISBN: 9783862880553 Pages: 120 Price: Europe EURO 46.80
Abstract:

A short grammar of Latgalian

Nicole NauAdam Mickiewicz University

Latgalian is a regional language of Latvia in Central Europe, regularly used byan estimated number of 150,000 speakers. Genetically it belongs to theEastern Baltic branch of Indo-European. While its close relationship toLatvian is apparent in basic vocabulary and inflectional morphemes, there arealso significant differences in the phonology, morphology and syntax of thetwo languages, due to divergent development during the 17th - 19th c., whenLatgalia was politically and culturally separated from other Latvian territories.Furthermore, contact with Slavic languages (Polish, Belarusian, Russian) hasplayed an important role in the history of Latgalian.

Typologically salient features of Latgalian include morphophonologicalharmony with an opposition of back vs. front vowels and soft (palatalized oralveolar) vs. hard consonants, a large inventory of non-finite verb forms,genitive vs. accusative marking of direct objects, dative marking of primarycore arguments in a variety of constructions, the use of non-finite predicatesin represented speech, and the existence of a distinct logophoric pronounreferring to the speaker of a reported discourse.

Nicole Nau is professor of Baltic languages and linguistics at AdamMickiewicz University in PoznaƄ, Poland. She is also the author of LWM 217:Latvian.

Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation                             Typology                             Baltic                             Historical Linguistics
Subject Language(s): Latvian (lav)
Written In: English (eng )

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