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Languages and Cultures in the Caucasus

Papers from the International Conference "Current Advances in Caucasian Studies" Macerata, January 21-23, 2010

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Edited By Vittorio S. Tomelleri, Manana Topadze and Anna Lukianowicz

The present volume contains several papers, written in English and Russian, reflecting different approaches to the Caucasus region, with particular attention to contact phenomena at all levels of social and cultural life. Some of them are devoted to sociolinguistic problems, which are becoming more and more topical after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the following redistribution of political and cultural influence. Others examine concrete questions of linguistic contact and discuss different types of interference, including peripheral or dialectal features; lexicology and idioms also are investigated. Particular attention is dedicated to political, historical and cultural questions, in medieval as well as in modern times; the Christian tradition and the importance of Bible translation, with respect to contact phenomena in the past as well as nowadays, are also investigated. Finally, quite a few contributions approach various aspects of different geographic areas and language groups (Armenian, Kartvelian, West Caucasian and Daghestanian Languages).

I. Language and Religion - Jost Gippert: The Linguistic Background of Caucasian Albanian Literacy - Ketevan Gadilia: Bible Translation and the Context. How does Bible Translation reflect Language and Culture Contacts? Sabrina Chanalievna ichalieva: Metatekstovyj process v prostranstve jazykovoj kul’tury narodov Dagestana - II. History and Culture Luigi Magarotto: Russian-Georgian and Georgian-Ossetian-Abkhazian Historical Relations - Dina Dubrovskaya: Alans: The Missing Link between the Orient and the Occident during the Gengishid Era - Paolo Ognibene, Hasan Sayaf: Pochod Debe i Subedeja na Kavkaz: arabskie istoniki - Revaz Abashia: Istoriografieskij istonik genetieskogo edinstva iberijsko-kavkazskich jazykov - Naida Magomedrasulovna Chajbulaeva, Marina Magomedrasulovna Chajbulaeva: Obraz Kavkaza v russkom jazykovom soznanii XIX veka - Daniele Guizzo: Blessed and Cursed: Wolf’s Totemism and Tabooisation between the Caucasus and Iran - Diana Vajnerovna Sokaeva: Zoomorfnyj simvolizm v osetinskom fol’klore (legendy, predanija, volebnye skazki, nartskij epos) - Ninel’ Vladimirovna Melkadze: Michail Semenovi Voroncov i evropejskij put’ Kavkaza - Marija Akopovna Kirakosova: Aleksandr erepnin i muzykal’nyj Tiflis - Marco Sabbatini: Viacheslav Ivanov in Baku and his Reflection on Poetics and Language - III. Caucasian Studies - Boghos Levon Zekiyan: Cultural and Political Relations in the Subcaucasus with Special Regard to its Christian Heritage: Some Methodological Remarks - Nino Rukhadze: Izuenie dagestanskich jazykov v Gruzii (istorija i sovremennost’) - Evgenija Kurtivili: Iberijsko-kavkazskoe jazykoznanie kak odna iz osnov nauno-kul’turnych vzaimootnoenij medu narodami Kavkaza - Doni Kviciani: Kavkazskaja ideja: istorija i sovremennost’ - IV. Contact Linguistics - Alice C. Harris, Andrei Antonenko: Language Contact and the Origins of Multiple Exponence in Archi Pronouns - Betül Emgin, Balkız Öztürk: Infinitival Clauses in Pazar Laz - Levan Paulia: O dvuch glagol’nych formach velivogo obraenija v gruzinskom i zanskom - Lela Giglemiani, Vaa engelia: Zaimstvovannye affiksal’nye morfemy v megrel’skom dialekte megrel’sko-lazskogo (zanskogo) jazyka - Cira Dandgava: Fonetieskaja adaptacija zaimstvovannych leksieskich edinic v megrel’skoj rei - Marika Jikia: One Case of Interference of Azerbaijani in Georgian and Udi - Timofey Arkhangelskiy, Oleg Belyaev: A Comparison of Eastern Armenian and Iron Ossetic Spatial Systems - Rusudan Asatiani: The Disappearance of the Accusative: an Areal or Universal Tendency? - Anna Meskhi: Kakabi-Kabkab - Yury Lander: The Adrelative Genitive in Udi: Syntactic Borrowing plus Reanalysis - V. Sociolinguistics - Cira Baramidze: Kompleksnye modeli dlja izuenija jazykovoj situacii na Severnom Kavkaze - Zulajchat Magomedovna Mallaeva: Etnolingvistieskij fenomen Dagestana - Magomed Abdulkadirovi Magomedov: Problemy funkcionirovanija maloislennych jazykov Dagestana (Andijskie jazyki) - Irine Chachanidze: Political Priorities in the Composition of Linguistic Landscapes in Post-Soviet Georgia - Lali Ezugbaia, Kakha Gabunia, Chabuki Kiria: On the Sociolinguistic Status of the Kartvelian Languages - Zaal Kivkidze: New Approaches to Gender Issues in Text-Based Analyses: Georgian Printed Media in Context - VI. Lexicology - Lia Abuladze, Andreas Ludden - Enantiosemija v kartvel’skich jazykach - Maja Lomia, Rusudan Gersamia: Jazykovoe vyraenie slov uvstvenno-umstvennogo vosprijatija v leksemach i frazeologizmach - Manana Rusieshvili, Ketevan Lortkipanidze: Cultural Similarities in Proverbs (using Examples from Kartvelian and Azerbaijanian) - Irina Lobzhanidze: Similar Ways of Forming Idioms in Georgian, Udi and Russian - Languages and Cultures in the Caucasus - Tamar Sukhishvili: On Somatic Words Denoting Kinship in Georgian - Madina Calikova: Sopostavitel’nyj analiz leksiko-frazeologieskich sredstv vyraenija sravnenija - Nino Khakhiashvili: Leksema ≪raduga≫ v gruzinskom i nekotorych drugich jazykach - VII. Armenian - Anahit Abrahamyan: Some Caucasian Borrowings in the Armenian Dialects - Andrea Scala: Differential Object Marking in Eastern Armenian: Some Remarks - Alessandro Orengo: On Armenian Funeral Rituals (4th-13th Centuries) - VIII. West Caucasian Languages - Peter Arkadiev, Alexander Letuchiy: Prefixes and Suffixes in the Adyghe Polysynthetic Wordform: Types of Interaction - Natalia Serdobol’skaya: Grammaticalization Patterns of the Adyghe Instrumental Case - Nana Maavariani: Ergatiuli konstrukcia apxazursa da kartuli - IX. Daghestanian Languages - Diana Forker: Grammatical Relations in Hinuq - Indira Achmedovan Abdulaeva: Specifieskie tipy slovosoetanij v achvachskom jazyke - Mariza Oglanovna Tairova: Specifika sklonenija masdarnych form v rutul’skom jazyke - Madina Magomedrasulovna Chajbulaeva: Suestvitel’nye kak komponenty vyraenija otnositel’nogo vremeni v avarskom jazyke - X. Kartvelian Languages - Shukia Apridonidze: On the Syntagmatics of Modifiers Denoting Plurality in Georgian - Lia Bakuradze: ans of Expressing Multiplicity in Georgian - Mariam Manjgaladze, Tedo Uturgaidze: Interferential Processes on the Territory of East Georgia - Ketevan Margiani-Subari: Prjamaja re’ v svanskom - Iza Ivanovna antladze: Problema diglossi i bilingvizma v rei naselenija verchnego pojasa Kodorskogo (resp. Dal’skogo) uel’ja