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A Descriptive Grammar of Ket by Stefan Georg

By Stefan Georg

Linguists and experts on Siberia are in most cases acquainted with the identify Ket, which designates a small ethnic staff at the Yenisei and their language, broadly considered as a linguistic enigma in lots of respects. Ket is a critically endangered language with this present day below 500 local audio system. including Yugh, Kott, Arin, Assan and Pumpokol, all of that are thoroughly extinct, it kinds the Yeniseic kinfolk of languages, which has no identified linguistic family members. This "Grammar of Ket" constitutes the 1st e-book of its style in English and is dependent as follows: advent; The Kets and their Language; Phonology; Morphology; and, References. A moment quantity is deliberate on Ket Syntax, supported through a suite of unique texts with translations and annotations.

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This string of lexical elements is then invariably followed by an indication of the conjugation class (I-V, with, if applicable, a subscript indication of morphologically transitive (tr) or intransitive (itr) verbs, cf. 3). , in most cases, il or in, cf. 11)48. With verbs of conjugation classes II and III, the "series" of the P6 (subject and object) markers, which is not predictable, has to be indicated. This is done by bracketed (bo) or (ba). In these cases, following determiners are described in this 46 "P" stands for "position", and denotes one of the numbered morphological "slots" of the Ket verb, cf.

P. Dul'zon, based in Tomsk, to the peoples of the Yenisei. Dul'zon was an outstanding scholar who, from then on, managed to publish a truly impressive chain of works on all aspects of Ket and Yugh linguistics, ethnography, history and prehistory, as well as their relations with extinct Yeniseian peoples and their languages and contacts with non-Yeniseian groups41. Apart from his own work, the most important of which is his comprehensive grammar of Ket (and, promiscue, also of Yugh, Dul'zon 1968), he was also a charismatic teacher42.

The "thematic" vowel a/o in P4 is glossed as . - 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.

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