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
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Chicago, IL 60637