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Re: CHAT: I'm back

From:Pavel Iosad <edricson@...>
Date:Sunday, August 10, 2003, 22:57

> Speaks well of your abilities.
Well, actually, that is supposed to be all swink and no reward, and relegated to the freshmen because no-one else wants it :) So while the real business was about Aktionsart, I had to collect paradigms :-) However, I did get a lot of credit, because several latest expeditions dealt with Turkic languages, where you always know what affix to take and to what stem to attach it, which not always the case with Nenets :-)
> I'm curious-- since I never took part in any > _team expedition_, how many people were involved?
> Had the language been recorded previously?
Yes, it is quite well described. Not that we're not going to publish some new revolutionary insights ;-)))))
> In view of the location, I assume it's > related to > Finnish/Saami/Samoyed etc., whatever that family is called > nowadays.
Yes, it's Northern Samoyedic.
> (I had > the impression you were going off to Siberia, but obviously > you were still > within "Europe").
Technically, yes.
> Any photos you can post would be great! I'm especially > interested since (ObConculture!!) some of my Gwr probably live in a
> environment, and > I've never, to my knowledge, been north of 52° or so.
Well, we didn't go about the tundra chasing the reindeer herders (though that would be fun, and the language is very much alive there). We lived in a village which was set up by the Soviet authorities in the 1950s by resettling the herders from the neighbouring area. So WE didn't see much of the traditional life, sadly.
> Must have been a fascinating trip!! You're lucky.
Surely so :-) Pavel -- Pavel Iosad Nid byd, byd heb wybodaeth --Welsh saying