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The Structure of Lak


The Structure of Lak

Lak is a Northeast Caucasian (Nakh-Daghestanian, Daghestanian branch) language spoken by over 100,000 people, mostly in the central highlands of Daghestan.  It is characterized by a four-way series of stop oppositions, phanyngealized vowels, unusually complex declension, a five-way deictic opposition, four noun classes, agreement markers on any part of speech, a complex verbal system, interesting uses of agreement and cliticization to express focus, evidentiality, and other categories, complex case-marking strategies, and much more.   This course will begin with a brief introduction to Daghestanian and then give an overview of Lak grammar.

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First two-week Session


Monday: 10:30 am-12:20 pm
Thursday: 10:30 am-12:20 pm