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LINGUIST List 23.4240

Thu Oct 11 2012

Books: Dictionary of the Yugh Language: Vajda (Ed)

Editor for this issue: Danniella Hornby <daniellalinguistlist.org>

Date: 08-Oct-2012
From: Ulrich Lueders <lincom.europat-online.de>
Subject: Dictionary of the Yugh Language: Vajda (Ed)
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Title: Dictionary of the Yugh Language
Series Title: Languages of the World/Dictionaries 47
Published: 2012
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
                http://www.lincom-shop.eu

Editor: Edward J. Vajda
Paperback: ISBN: 9783862883639 Pages: 472 Price: Europe EURO 88.20
Abstract:

The Yugh language, which died out in the 1970s, was closely related to Ket, the last surviving language of the Yeniseian family. Yugh was formerly spoken in the villages of Yartsevo and Vorogovo on the Yenisei River. The author of the dictionary was the last linguist to document the Yugh language, working with the last eight or ten speakers during 1961-1971. Based on this fieldwork, he compiled a full description of their language, as well as an extensive vocabulary.

The Yugh lexicon reflects a typical culture of hunter-gather-fishers living in a Siberian taiga and riverine environment. Many words also echo ancient aspects of spiritual culture. Because Yugh phonology and morphology preserve a number of archaic features no longer attested in Modern Ket, comparative data from Yugh is extremely helpful in helping reconstruct Proto-Yeniseian linguistic systems. The data presented here provide a solid basis for future scholarly work on the Yeniseian languages.

Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation
                            Lexicography
                            Yeniseic

Subject Language(s): Yugh (yuu)

Written In: English (eng)

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