Endangered Language Initiative: John Colarusso (McMaster University)

MAR 14, 2013 | 4:15 PM TO 6:00 PM



The Graduate Center
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March 14, 2013: 4:15 PM-6:00 PM




The Phonology of Gutturals

Prof. John Colarusso (PhD Harvard 1975), professor of anthropology at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario will be visiting the Graduate Center in spring 2013. His interests include: linguistics; historical linguistics; comparative mythology; the size of language; and international relations (culture and nationalism). His geographic interests include Inner Eurasia, especially the Caucasus, and cover both modern and ancient periods. He will be working in New York with native speakers of Kabardian, and related Northwest Caucasian languages.

His publications in phonology & phonetics include:

(1994) How to Describe the Sounds of the Northwest Caucasian Languages. In H. Aronson (ed.), Non- Slavic Languages of the USSR, Papers from the Fourth Conference, Columbus, Ohio: Slavica Publishers, pp. 61–113.

(1992) How Many Consonants does Ubykh Have? in Caucasian Perspectives, B. George Hewitt (ed.). Munich: Lincom Europa, pp. 145–156.

(1988) The Northwest Caucasian Languages: a Phonological Survey. New York: Garland Publishing.

(1985) Pharyngeals and Pharyngealization. International Journal of American Linguistics 51.4: 366–368.