The Languages of the Soviet Union
CUP Archive, Jun 4, 1981 - Foreign Language Study - 317 pages
A general account of the languages of the Soviet Union, one of the most diverse multinational and multilingual states in the world as well as one of the most important. There are some 130 languages spoken in the USSR, belonging to five main families and ranging from Russian, which is the first language of about 130,000,000 people, to Aluet, spoken only by 96 (in the 1970 census). Dr Comrie has two general aims. First, he presents the most important structural features of these languages, their genetic relationships and classification and their distinctive typological features. Secondly, he examines the social and political background to the use of functioning of the various languages in a multilingual state. The volume will be of importance and interest to linguists and to those with a broader professional interest in the Soviet Union.
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Paleosiberian and other languages
addition alphabet Altaic alternation Armenian assimilation Azerbaydzhan basic branches Caucasian Central century Chukchi classification clause close complex considered consonants construction corresponding cultural dialects direct object discussion distinction ending English ergative especially Estonian ethnic group example expressed final forms front further genetic genitive Georgian German gerund give given head indicated individual influence instance Iranian linguistic live locative major marked means Mongolian morphological native language nominative northern noted noun opposition original particular past Persian person phonetic plural population position possessive preceding present pronouns question recent reference relative remains represented Republics respect result Russian separate similar singular Soviet speak speakers spoken standard stem structure suffix syllable Tabasaran Table Tadzhik Tatar tense third transitive Tungusic Turkic languages Uralic languages usually Uzbek various verb vowel harmony writing written language