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Re: Burushaski

From:Roger Mills <rfmilly@...>
Date:Tuesday, June 5, 2007, 18:37
Taliesin wrote:
> Here's a little discussion about (real life natlang) Burushaski > > > > and a pdf with a mini-grammar > > > > Interestingly, the grammar isn't very linguistic-y, and is as > interesting for what it doesn't include as for what is there. > Only 19 pages, it reminded me a lot of the archetypical > conlang-grammar.
I would have called it the work of an earnest undergrad or early grad student...until I checked Prof. Grune's page :-) Looks like language/linguistics is maybe a side-interest to his computer background. There do indeed seem to be structural resemblances to Basque (I.e. use of the verb 'to do'), but that might just be a general feature of ergative languages.
> > Does anyone know anything about the author of the piece, Dick > Grune <> or the publisher Joseph > Biddulph? My crackpot-sensor is tingling, you see.
Most of his refs seem legit. (I _think_ I've heard of Biddulph...) My only question would be, is the V.U. academically respectable? It's been around since the late 60s, no? so by now I'd guess yes :-)


Roger Mills <rfmilly@...>