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By Stefan Georg

Linguists and experts on Siberia are mostly acquainted with the identify Ket, which designates a small ethnic workforce at the Yenisei and their language, generally considered as a linguistic enigma in lots of respects. Ket is a critically 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 relations of languages, which has no recognized linguistic kinfolk. This "Grammar of Ket" constitutes the 1st ebook of its style in English and is established as follows: creation; The Kets and their Language; Phonology; Morphology; and, References. A moment quantity is deliberate on Ket Syntax, supported by means of a set of unique texts with translations and annotations.

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Doro&kin (see below), who had worked as a Ket informant with Dul'zon decades ago, how well Dul'zon spoke Ket, I received the answer "Kak keto" ("Like a Ket"). 38 their work outside of Russia) cf. Vajda 2001, 11-12, and the numerous bibliographical articles in the main part of that book43. The Laboratory still houses a wealth of handwritten and taped data collections from Ket, Yugh and other, nonYeniseian, languages of Central Siberia, which are now gradually being made accessible to the wider scholarly world with the support of the Max-Planck-Institut für Evolutionäre Anthropologie in Leipzig under the direction of Bernard Comrie.

2). The domain of Ket tones is thus the leftmost two syllables of a word. l – k˜l ƒd Œn ¡b #k "water" "sun" "raven" "I" "now" "father" "thou" Tone 2: Shortly rising, then abruptly falling, accompanied by pharyngeal constriction, vowel length short60: a/ [a/ÿ] du¿t i¿n h⁄¿l ba¿~ ke¿d qo¿j q™¿t [du/tÿ] [i/nÿ] [h¨/lÿ] [ba/Nÿ] [kE/tÿ] [qO/jÿ] [qø/tÿ] "awl" "needle" "clear" "place" "human" "a mythical boat" "garbage" "fairy tale" mentioned above); I am, however, unable to hear any tone 2 contour on this syllable.

P5 determiners will, in view of their functional vagueness, be invariably glossed as . This also holds for determiners, which "co-occupy" P6. - 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.

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