New PDF release: A Historical Dictionary of Yukaghir (Trends in Linguistics

By Irina Nikolaeva

ISBN-10: 3110186896

ISBN-13: 9783110186895

"The historic Dictionary of Yukaghir" has major reasons. First, it's meant as a comparatively entire resource of knowledge at the lexicon of Yukaghir. Tundra and Kolyma Yukaghir are heavily similar, hugely endangered languages spoken within the severe North-East of Siberia. No glossy accomplished lexicographic description of those languages is accessible for the overseas linguistic neighborhood. The dictionary provides all identified types of Yukaghir in comparative layout. many of the fabrics incorporated come from released resources, others have been acquired by means of the writer via fieldwork and are released for the 1st time. The dictionary additionally comprises examples of now extinct early kinds of Yukaghir, which started to be recorded within the past due seventeenth century. moment, the dictionary offers a primary reconstruction of the typical ancestor of all identified Yukaghir kinds. The proto-Yukaghir stems are tested according to inner reconstruction, comparability among a variety of Yukaghir idioms, and exterior info. even supposing the dictionary doesn't try to offer etymologies for all Yukaghir phrases, it contains attainable cognates of a few Yukaghir stems from different languages, commonly Uralic and Altaic. considering Yukaghir types should not in basic terms pointed out of their smooth form yet are reconstructed, the dictionary will offer a beginning for destiny etymological paintings and give a contribution to investigating the genetic association of Yukaghir, frequently labeled as remoted. The publication can also be worthwhile for linguists attracted to the far-off genetic kin among language households and the reconstruction of the ethnic and linguistic scenario in prehistoric northern Asia.

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Introduction 3 21 On the other hand, Billings' and Schiefner's materials exhibit common features and contain considerably more words than those of Saryčev and Sauer, although they lack a number of words present in the latter. The following table demonstrates copying mistakes shared by Billings and Schiefiier. Table 8. 3SG) nail water Billings' list also contains some individual features not shared by Schiefner. Table 9. 3SG) earlier knife This suggests that Billings' and Schiefner's lists both go back to another English-based source, presumably different from the one used by Saryčev and Sauer (see Veenker 1984: 573 for a similar conclusion about Schiefner's and Pallas's publications).

The clusters In and jl usually assimilate into ńń and jj, respectively. This creates geminates, which are otherwise rare. The clusters nl and nl' are generally disallowed, at least at the morpheme boundary. In such clusters n assimilates to / with further palatalization before the palatal /'. 3SG)' < топ- 'to say' + Ы (Evidential). g. rak < qa:r-hk 'skin (PRED)'. g. 1SG)' > terikəd-čə > terikət-čə ( > terkəč-čə). 3. Vowel harmony Vowel harmony operates in two domains, the first foot and the uninflected word, and the rules differ.

However, there are also arguments against this analysis. In particular, the structures (C)VCV, where the second consonant goes back to a cluster, end in a full short vowel rather than ə, as is typical of (C)VCCə structures. 4). I therefore leave the question of the underlying representation of alternating sonorants and obstruents open. 2. Assimilation of voiced consonants Apart from the frequent "sonorant ~ obstruent" alternation described in the previous subsection, Yukaghir exhibits the second type of alternation for voiced obstruents.

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