Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Krymsko-Gotskii Iazyk

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Krymsko-Gotskii Iazyk

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N. A. Ganjna, Krymsko-gotskii ia%yk, Slaviano-germanskje issledovania 5 (St Petersburg: Aleteiia, 2011). 318 pp. ISBN 978-5-91419-419-9. euroi8.5o/£i6.oo. Crimean Gothic is the language spoken at one time by a Germanic people in the Crimea (southern Ukraine) and recorded, in problematic circumstances, by a Flemish diplomat, Ogier de Busbecq, in a remarkable piece of early ethnographic fieldwork in 1 562 (published 1 5 89, reprinted with misprints in 1 59 5). We have about seventy-eight words or short phrases of the language, divided into a group of those Busbecq could easily recognize and a second list of words 'cum nostra lingua non satis congruentia'. In addition he recorded the numerals and the opening words of a song which Busbecq's informant recited in 1Ws own language': 1WaTa wara ingdolou / Seu te gira Galtzou / Hoemisclep dorbiza ea' ('Going, going, it is completely full, the water came up to here, doing everything for us [making a ship for us?]"). Nataliia Aleksandrovna Ganina must surely be right in following Gustav Kuun 1880 and Friedrich Braun 1890 in interpreting these words as Turkish - as translated here - and not Germanic (a view that persists in the problematic publications of Ottar Granvik and elsewhere as late as the 19905). …

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