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Evenki Grammar
Catalog Number CEUS-U 520
György Kara

The Evenki language is spoken by some 40 thousand people living scattered in Siberia and Northeastern China, between the Yenisei River and the Eastern Pacific, the Northern Arctic and the Amur Valley. It is the most important member of the northern branch of the Tungusic family. In Russia it has now a Cyrillic written standard, in China its Solon dialect is written experimentally in Mongolian script or in Latin alphabet.

The main issues to be discussed are: history of research, bibliography; classification of its territorial forms; system of phonemes, phonotactics, syllabic structure, vowel harmony; free and bound morphemes, nominal, verbal and invariable stems, syntactic markers, plural, numerals, pronouns, pro-verb and negative verb, adverbs and postpositions, finite verbs, verbal nouns, verbal adverbs; word formation: derivation; syntax, word order, coordination and subordination; lexicon: indigenous and borrowed words, Mongolic, Manchu, Russian, Chinese, etc. influences. Reading and grammatical and lexical analysis of various texts.

Cf. I. Nedjalkov, Evenki (London and New York: Routledge, 1997), Glafira M. Vasilevich, Kvenkiisko-russkii slovar’ (Moskva: Gosudarstvennoe izdatel’stvo inostrannykh i natsional’nykh slovarei, 1958), Ol’ga A. Konstantinova, Kvenkiiskii iazyk. Fonetika i morfologiia (1964), N. N. Poppe, Materialy po solonskomu iazyku (Leningrad: Akademiia nauk, 1931), Hu Zengyi & Chaoke, Ewenke yu jianchi (Beijing, 1986), Vera I. Tsintsius et al., Sravnitel’nyi slovar’ tunguso-man’chzhurskikh iazykov I-II (Leningrad, 1975, 1977), etc.