Online course on East Caucasian languages
In the fall of 2020, the Linguistic Convergence Laboratory (HSE University, Moscow) organizes a course dedicated to East Caucasian (alias Nakh-Daghestanian) languages. The course will consist of 13 lectures by some of the leading researchers of this language family.
The East Caucasian languages form a deep-level family that is considered indigenous to the Caucasus. It consists of 30-50 distinct languages (according to different classifications), and is in fact largely responsible for the high rate of language density that the Caucasus as a linguistic area is famous for. The languages of the family feature a number of striking features, including rich consonant inventories, pervasive gender agreement with unusual targets, and complex systems of nominal spatial inflection, among other traits.
The area where the languages are spoken is known for vibrant inter-ethnic contact and high rates of traditional multilingualism among speakers of the indigenous languages and their Turkic and Indo-European neighbors. At the same time, strict village-based endogamy sets it apart from other areas of high linguistic diversity.
If you have any questions about the course, contact Elena Sokur via mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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