University of Chicago
Georgian, spoken by over three million people in the southern Caucasus, is the only written member of the Kartvelian language family, and has a literary history of a millenium and a half. The language provides a crucial resource for studying the cultures, languages, and history of the region. Among the linguistic points of interest are the phonological proclivity for consonant clusters, and the typological characteristics of mixed or split case marking and verb marking systems.
The grammatical sketch will serve as a concise presentation of modern Georgian phonology, morphology and syntax with particular attention given to the complex verbal morphology and the morphosyntax of case government. A select bibliography will include materials available in Western languages.
ISBN 9783895861192. Languages of the World/Materials 147. 60pp. 1999.