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
> 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.