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Wed Feb 02 2011

Qs: Chechen: Descriptive Grammar

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        1.     Katharina Schwabl , Chechen: Descriptive Grammar

Message 1: Chechen: Descriptive Grammar
Date: 27-Jan-2011
From: Katharina Schwabl <katharina.schwabledu.uni-graz.at>
Subject: Chechen: Descriptive Grammar
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Dear colleagues,

I'm looking for a descriptive grammar of the Chechen language. It
should be in English, German, or French since I'm not capable of
reading in Russian.

I'm working on a PhD-thesis on immigrants acquiring German as a
second language. I didn't plan to include people with Chechen as an
L1, because I'm not familiar with their first langauge. For practical
reasons (there are a lot more Chechen people than I thought) I
changed my mind. Now I'd like to have background information on the
language they are starting from, the phonological system,
morphological categories, and sentence structure.

The only thing I've found and read so far is

Dirr, Adolf: Einf├╝hrung in das Studium der kaukasischen Sprachen.
Zentralarchiv der DDR, 1978 (first puplished in 1928).

As you can see, this is really old and the chapter on the Chechen
language is only a few pages. I've come acrosss the name of Johanna
Nichols when looking for appropriate literature and would be interested
in her contribution on Chechen in:

Smeets, Rieks (ed.): The indigenous languages of the Caucasus, Vol
4, Part 2: The North East Caucasian Languages. New York: Caravan
Books, 1994.

But I wasn't sure if it's worth buying the book, someone might be able
to give me feedback on this.

Further I found this article:

Good, Jeff (2003): Clause combining in Chechen. Studies in Language
27/1.

That's all I have for now. It's not a lot. I'd be glad if someone could give
me advice. Do you have any suggestions for me?

Thank you all in advance,
Kathi Schwabl

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
                            Typology

Subject Language(s): Chechen (che)

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