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Articles from Vol. 9, No. 2, July

Aspect in Chechen
Introduction (1,2) This paper deals with the aspectual system in Chechen (Nakh, Nakh-Daghestanian or Northeast Caucasian). Chechen has a very complex aspectual system. First, there are morphologically marked perfective and imperfective oppositions....
Ditransitive Constructions in Laz
1. Introduction This paper examines the ditransitive constructions in Laz. Laz belongs to the South Caucasian language family, which also includes Mingrelian, Georgian and Svan. It is spoken mainly in North-East Turkey. The last official Turkish...
Evidentiality in Tsezic Languages
1. Introduction 1.1 Tsezic languages The Tsezic languages belong to the Nakh-Daghestanian (Northeast Caucasian) language family. The Tsezic languages can be divided into the West Tsezic sub-branch, including Tsez, Hinuq and Khwarshi, and the...
Finiteness in Hinuq
1. Introduction 1.1 Finiteness in grammatical theory (1) The term 'finite', which can be traced back to the grammatical tradition of antiquity, is based on the Latin word finitus 'limited', a participle of the verb finio 'finish, limit'. This...
Introduction to the Special Issue on Caucasian Languages
The six articles collected in this special issue are a selection of talks given at the "Workshop for young linguists--Caucasian languages" organized by the editors in Lyons, France, April 8-9, 2009. The workshop was supported by funding from the "Collegium...
On the Expression of Spatial Relations in Ardesen-Laz
1. Introduction (1) As a sister language of Georgian, spoken on the south-eastern coast of the Black Sea, Laz is the only member of the South Caucasian family which is spoken primarily outside of Georgia. The vast majority of its speakers live in...
The Expression of Evidentiality between Lexicon and Grammar. A Case Study from Georgian
1. Evidentiality-Theoretical Framework Evidentiality is a linguistic category with reference to the information source, on the basis of which the speaker makes a statement; this may be a direct or an indirect knowledge about an event acquired by...
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