A Descriptive Grammar of Ket by Stefan Georg

By Stefan Georg

Linguists and experts on Siberia are mostly conversant in the identify Ket, which designates a small ethnic crew at the Yenisei and their language, generally considered as a linguistic enigma in lots of respects. Ket is a seriously endangered language with this day under 500 local audio system. including Yugh, Kott, Arin, Assan and Pumpokol, all of that are thoroughly extinct, it kinds the Yeniseic family members of languages, which has no identified linguistic family members. This "Grammar of Ket" constitutes the 1st booklet of its sort in English and is based as follows: advent; The Kets and their Language; Phonology; Morphology; and, References. A moment quantity is deliberate on Ket Syntax, supported via a suite of unique texts with translations and annotations.

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Nevertheless, published descriptions, monographs and short papers, have been used for sentential examples as well. P. A. Krejnovi‰ and, above all, Heinrich Werner, is simply impossible to reproduce during three medium-length field-trips. In many cases, it will hardly be possible at all today. Therefore, Werner 1997c and Werner 2002 are indispensable sources for detailed information on a plethora of verb forms. This grammar is heavily indebted to this superb work and admits it with profound gratitude to its author, who allowed me to work with a manuscript version of the dictionary long before its publication.

Preterite labialization is nowhere reflected in the interlinear glosses. - the morpheme b in P3 (cf. 1) will be glossed as <3n> if it is a (3rd person neuter) actant morpheme. When it functions as a non-actant morpheme, the gloss is simply 53. - P2 il and in are invariably glossed as ("past"), although they also surface in imperatives without any temporal functions. - Phonological material inserted into a chain of morphemes by morphotactic rules only (cf. g. <(i)>) in the case of anaptyctic phonemes and by <(Sep)> in the case of morphotactic separators.

This grammar is heavily indebted to this superb work and admits it with profound gratitude to its author, who allowed me to work with a manuscript version of the dictionary long before its publication. Another immensely valuable source for Ket verb forms is the recently published verb dictionary by Edward Vajda and Marina Zinn (2004). Many verb forms, which are only documented in this book, are quoted and discussed in the sections on verbal morphology in this grammar, though this is not explicitly acknowledged in every case.

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