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Re: Books for conlangers

From:Paul Bennett <paul-bennett@...>
Date:Wednesday, September 14, 2005, 18:54
On Wed, 14 Sep 2005 08:58:59 -0400, Julia "Schnecki" Simon
<helicula@...> wrote:

> So, what language(s) would you recommend for a first (and maybe second > and third ;) taste of ergative?
Dyirbal and Basque are both fairly interesting. Really, though, I'd advise _Ergativity_ by RMW Dixon. It gives far more information than any given single-language grammar could. It's one of those linguistics textbooks that I can read purely for fun, too. It's one heck of a read.
> I haven't seen an easily > readable Sumerian grammar yet. (Hey, I'd even settle for *sort*of* > easily readable...)
There's a book called _A Manual Of Sumerian Grammar And Texts_ by John L Hayes, volume 5 of the "Aids and Research Tools In Ancient Near Eastern Studies" series. It's an instructional text on reading the language rather than a straight grammar, but it's reasonably readable, given all the hedging and fudging that has to occur with all the unknown and partially-understood morphemes and structures. Paul


Kit La Touche <kit@...>