Mariam Tsiskarishvili


The goal of the course is to introduce the students  languages of the Caucasus and to discuss theoretical analyses in phonology, morphology and syntax motivated by these languages.

The Caucasus is often referred to as “the mountain of tongues”, and it richly deserves this name. Three language families are exclusive to the Caucasus: Northwest Caucasia (NWC), Northeast Caucasian or Nakh-Dagestanian (ND), and Kartvelian. In addition, there are Turkic and Indo-European languages spoken in the Caucasus. Caucasian languages have rich and complex sound systems with such features as pharyngealization,ejective, very limited number of vowels. These languages have morphological ergativity, rich and varied case systems, and complicated agreement systems.

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