The structure of Tsova-tush – an endangered Caucasian language
||2009-01-01 -- 2010-03-31
||Faculty of Culture and Society, Språk migration och samhälle
||Humaniora och religionsvetenskap
Tsova-tush is a minor Northeast-Caucasian language spoken in the village of Alvani in eastern Georgia. The language is related to the Chechen and Ingush spoken in North Caucasus, but not mutually intelligible with these languages. Tsova-tush is highly endangered, due to the small number of speakers and the high level of bilingualism among them. The number of fluent speakers is estimated to 30% of a total of 1000 speakers. Batsbi has no written standard. In administration and education Georgian is used.
The aim of the present project is to investigate basic types of main predicates and the use of complement clauses with these types. It is an urgent task to document the language and to produce grammatical descriptions and texts. Some descriptions have been published and conversational and folkloristic material is being collected. Earlier research has focused on the morphosyntax of simple clauses, but a systematic study of basic matrix predicates has not yet been undertaken in Tsova-tush.
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