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From:Pavel Iosad <edricson@...>
Date:Sunday, August 10, 2003, 17:23

> Tell us about it. What did you find out?
Well, my special task was verbal morphology (me being only a first year student and thus a first-time participant in the fieldwork expeditions, I mostly did the difficult formal morphology part - paradigms, morphological word classes and such - mostly identifying the forms the others couldn'r). What I found out was that Tundra Nenets has a hellishly difficult verbal morphology. Of course I can't outscore Dirk in terms of the size of the paradigm, but the initial assessment is that a full paradigm (jncluding declensions of non-finite forms, which is not strictly verbal, of course) of one verb can, when printed out, serve as enough wallpaper for a wall at the department. (Legend holds that our Head of Dept. has a full Alutor verbal paradigm as wallpaper at home) I will of course write the report (the deadline is October 1), but it will be in Russian. I might translate it later. Pavel -- Pavel Iosad Nid byd, byd heb wybodaeth --Welsh saying


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