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By Elena Maslova

This ebook offers the 1st targeted description of Kolyma Yukaghir, an endangered language spoken by means of approximately 50 humans within the northeast of Asiatic Russia. It offers an outline of all significant parts of Yukaghir grammar, phonology, morphology and syntax. additionally it is a few annotated pattern texts and a Yukaghir-English vocabulary.

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The database includes two works of Marinos Phalieros, a member of the Venetian aristocracy of Crete. They were both written during the first half of the 15th century. Spanos. A quite explicit satire of a Byzantine liturgy, composed during the 15th century. It contains many archaistic elements (which is to be expected because the ecclesiastical language was highly stylized), though the pronoun placement patterns seem unaffected. Homilia tou nekrou basilia. A poem in the long tradition of encounters with the dead, Homilia recounts the story of a traveler happening upon the remains of a dead king, who warns him about the ephemeral nature of earthly gains.

A solution is provided by the ‘variationist’ approach. , real) community, it is absence of structured heterogeneity that would be dysfunctional. (Weinreich, Labov, Herzog 1968: 101) If language is in essence a heterogeneous system then it is not surprising at all that it remains functional while changing. In the past 40 years or so, a great amount of work has been invested into showing that there is structure to the variation that is observed in language, and determining both the linguistic (from within the linguistic system) and the non-linguistic (from the social environment) parameters that impose this structure.

1 demonstrates, the results of this study concur with those of Mackridge in most cases, and prove that Rollo overestimated the importance of postverbal pronoun placement in a number of environments, most notably those of a preceding subject and adverb. The reasons for this will be examined later. In any case, for the rest of the chapter, I focus on the results of Mackridge only. The first discrepancy that is evident concerns the causal conjunction διóτι. While Mackridge asserts that when διóτι precedes the verb, the pronoun appears postverbally, the results of this study show that pronoun placement is preverbal as can be seen in example (1).

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