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Re: Georgian (the language)

From:Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>
Date:Sunday, December 21, 2003, 5:56
From:    Robert Jung <RobertMJung@...>
> Does anyone have a romanized Georgian wordlist that they could > send me, or could someone direct me to a site where I could find > such a wordlist? I've searched successlessly.
I hate to disappoint you, but such a thing really does not exist in any useful manner. Hippocrene puts out a small, inexpensive and almost entirely useless dictionary, and I believe it includes both the Georgian script and the usual romanization (though not standard: no such thing exists for that too). The best dictionary is the glossary at the end of the second year text book for _Georgian: A Reading Grammar_ (called _Georgian: A Continuing Course_ or some such thing IIRC) by Howard Aronson. It is not romanized (as would be expected in a second year chrestomathy), but it is very well organized, according to root and with many suppletive and irregular forms listed. I hear some guy in the UK is working on a Georgian-English/English-Georgian dictionary which is rumored to be the best Georgian dictionary in any language since Tschenkeli's Georgian-German/German-Georgian edition. This, however, won't be in print until at least a decade or so have passed, if not much longer. If you're really serious about doing a conlang based on Georgian in some way, then I'd suggest just learning the alphabet. It's confusing for beginners but beautiful and highly phonemic. ========================================================================= Thomas Wier "I find it useful to meet my subjects personally, Dept. of Linguistics because our secret police don't get it right University of Chicago half the time." -- octogenarian Sheikh Zayed of 1010 E. 59th Street Abu Dhabi, to a French reporter. Chicago, IL 60637