Issue 6, 2017

Published online: 14 July 2017

Contents


Articles



Language and society

Oral or written? Language attitudes in three Inghiloi villages in Azerbaijan

Sysser E. M.

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This paper describes a qualitative study on language attitudes among the Inghiloi people in three villages of northwestern Azerbaijan in 2014. The main emphasis was on studying people’s attitudes towards their own spoken language, Inghiloi. There were also questions on the development of Inghiloi as a written language, especially regarding the possibility of teaching Inghiloi as a subject or using it as the language of instruction at school. The paper demonstrates the multicultural and multilingual situation of the Inghiloi. Although the study focuses on the personal opinions of a fairly small group of interviewees, these attitudes may be common to the language community in general, and even to other language communities in similar situations.

Keywords: Inghiloi, languages of Azerbaijan, language attitudes, non-dominant languages, mother tongue, language of instruction at school

Rodnoy Yazyk, №6(1) 2017


Lexicology and lexicography

Saami landscape-related vocabulary (based on archival documents of the Murmansk Regional Museum of Local History

Ivanishcheva O. N

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This article presents archive materials related to landscape vocabulary in the Kildin Saami language, based on Murmansk ethnographer V. K. Alymov’s 1935 works “On Geographical Names on the Kola Peninsula” and “A Brief Dictionary of Sааmi Physico-Geographical Terms on the Kola Peninsula”. In it we study terminology describing ground landscapes and aquatic landscapes.

Keywords: Kildin Saami language, landscape vocabulary

Rodnoy Yazyk, №6(1) 2017


Khakas verbs of behaviour: A cognitive semantic description

Chertykova M. D.

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Khakas verbs of behaviour: A cognitive semantic description |closed} This article is devoted to identifying and describing cognitive characteristics of the semantics of verbs having to do with behaviour in the Khakas language. This part of the lexical system, more so than other verb groups, allows one to identify certain aspects of human mental processes, traditional ideas about positive and/or negative behaviours, and also perceptions of reality particular to the Khakas worldview.

Keywords: Khakas language, verbs, behaviour, subjects, observers, worldview

Rodnoy Yazyk, №6(1) 2017


Language contact

Caucasian loanwords in Ossetic: The semantic domains of «weapons», «mountains and mining», «clothes and cloth»

Mudrak O. A.

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This article offers an etymological and structural analysis of loanwords in the Ossetic language belonging to three semantic domains: Weapons and armour; Mountains, mines and metal manufacturing, Cloth and clothes. A considerable part of these loans is borrowed from certain linguistic subgroups of North Caucasian languages. These borrowings help us better understand migration patterns through the Greater Caucasus area. Based on the regular phonetic correspondences in Ossetic adaptations we propose the ways that both lexical items and related cultural elements historically spread throughout the area.

Keywords: historical linguistics, etymology, phonetic correspondences, Ossetic language, Caucasian languages, borrowings, semantic domains, weapons, mountains, mines, metals, cloth, clothes

Rodnoy Yazyk, №6(1) 2017


Linguistic aspects of Bible translation

The languages of religion among the Chuvash diaspora in the Moscow region

Kutsaeva M. V.

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This article focuses on the accessibility of religious texts and liturgical materials in the Chuvash language to members of the Chuvash diaspora living in the Moscow region, as well as their involvement in religious activities in the Chuvash language. Both the earlier Chuvash Bible translation that dates back to I. Ya. Yakovlev at the turn of the 20th century and the modern translation of the Bible by the Bible Society in Russia are examined.

Keywords: Chuvash language, diaspora, sociolinguistics, Bible translation, I. Ya. Yakovlev, Bible Society in Russia, religious literature and liturgy

Rodnoy Yazyk, №6(1) 2017


Mother-tongue texts

The Nganasan myth “Two birds”

Gusev V. Ju.

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This mythological text was recorded in 1997 by Jean-Luc Lambert in the village of Volochanka, Taimyr peninsula, from Denchude Mirnykh, an Enets who had long lived among the Nganasans. It tells the story of the creation of the world by two birds: a loon and a duck. The loon was sent by God to search for the earth, but found only a small bit of it. Then a duck started upon the search and found a large piece of earth, enough for humans to live on. And since the loon didn't manage to find the earth, God tied its legs together; since then it can only swim, and cannot walk on the ground.

Keywords: Nganasan language, cosmogonic myths, fieldwork data

Rodnoy Yazyk, №6(1) 2017


Recent events


O. N. Ivanischeva

International workshop on “Documentation, standardization, and teaching of the endangered languages of North Eurasia” as part of the work of the North Eurasia regional group of the Foundation for Endangered Languages (FEL).

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T.A. Maysak

Events in honor of the 2016 bicentennial of P.K. Uslar’s birthday

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Yu. V. Mazurova

The round-table discussion on “The languages of Moscow and the linguistic diversity of mega-cities”

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S. N. Gasanova

The round-table discussion on “The Aghul language: History and present”

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Editorial Board


  • T.B. Agranat (editor-in-chief)
  • A.N. Bitkeeva
  • K.T. Gadilia
  • M.Sh. Khalilov
  • T.A. Maisak
  • O.A. Mudrak
  • Yu.V. Psyanchin
  • E.L. Rudnitskaya
  • V.Yu. Voinov
  • S.M. Yaroshevich (editorial secretary)

Editorial Council


  • V.M. Alpatov
  • M. Beerle-Moor
  • A.V. Dybo
  • F.G. Khisamitdinova
  • M.I. Magomedov
  • K.M. Musaev
  • D.M. Nasilov
  • G.Ts. Pyurbeev
  • M.Z. Ulakov

Rodnoy Yazyk, №5(2) 2016