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  A Grammar of the Kabardian language

  By John Colarusso 

  Year 1992

  ISBN 978-1-55238-668-2.

  University of Calgary Press

  231 Pages


Book Description

This is the first comprehensive grammar of a non-Indo-European language from the Northwest Caucasian family in a language other than Russian. Kabardian is complex at every level. The language treated is not the literary standard, but Kabardian as it was found in texts and in the mouths of Kabardians. This study is an advance over grammatical sketches of related languages in that it gives a complete account of the phonology and morphology of the language, accounting for what were previously known as "random variants." A Grammar of the Kabardian Language also gives the reader the first account of the syntax of this language. It will give the area specialist access to the language. It will give the linguist interested in complex languages access to an extraordinarily difficult language, and it will give the theoretical linguist access to a language that exhibits topological exotica at every level of its grammar, from phonetics to the lexicon.

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  The Northwest Caucasian Languages A Phonological Survey

  By John Colarusso 

  Year 1988

  ISBN 9781138998001

  Published February 28, 2016 by Routledge

  520 Pages


Book Description

Perhaps more than any other group of languages those of the Caucasus are famous for their enormous and difficult consonantal systems. It is by no means exceptional for one of these languages to have as many as 50 consonants, and of these languages those from the Northwest Caucasus have the largest and most complex consonantal systems. The extensive use of the articulatory regions of the mouth together with the occurrence of secondary modifications at many of these points is unequalled by any other known group of languages. This detailed study examines the languages of the Northwest Caucasus and provides an essential guide to this most complicated group of languages.

Table of Contents

1. The Northwest Caucasian Language Family  2. The West Circassian or ‘Kyakh’ Languages  3. The East Circassian Languages  4. Ubykh  5. Abkhaz  6. Abaza  7. The Palatalized and Pharyngealized Uvulars  8. The Vowels.  Appendix: The Phonological Systems of the Northwest Caucasian Languages and Dialects