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Caucasus – the mountain of languages

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Title:Caucasus – the mountain of languages
Authors:Tandashvili, Manana
Keywords:language documentation
Caucasian languages
code-switching
multilingualism
endangered languages
Date Issued:01 Dec 2018
Publisher:University of Hawai'i Press
Citation:Tandashvili, Manana. 2018. Caucasus – the mountain of languages. In McDonnell, Bradley, Andrea L. Berez-Kroeker, and Gary Holton. (Eds.) Reflections on Language Documentation 20 Years after Himmelmann 1998. Language Documentation & Conservation Special Publication no. 15. [PP 240-247] Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press.
Series:LD&C Special Publication
Abstract:The widespread picture of linguistic diversity in the Caucasus as ‘the mountain of languages’ will be immediately confirmed if a closer look is taken at the region: multiethnic, multilingual, multireligious is the adequate description of this melting pot. What is responsible for the present-day ethnic, linguistic and sociocultural diversity is the historical coexistence of different ethnic groups in a geographically delimited region on the one hand, and the geopolitical situation at the border between the Orient and the Occident on the other. At the same time, this diversity leads to mutual influence of different kinds, ranging from linguistic and religious to ethnic assimilation. In this article, we will outline the results of relevant international projects in the field of ‘language documentation’ that we conducted over the past 15 years and what we have learned from these projects.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/10125/24825
ISBN:978-0-9973295-3-7
Rights:Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike License
Appears in Collections: LD&C Special Publication No. 15: Reflections on Language Documentation 20 Years After Himmelmann 1998


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