Journal Amirani. 2002. Volume 7

Describing dialect and defining civilization in Ilia Chavchavadze's მგზავრის წერილები

Author(s): H. Paul Manning

Ilia Chavchavadze’s მგზავრის წერილები (mgzavris c’erilebi ‘Letters of a Traveler’ composed between 1861-1871) is perhaps the single most important political writing of the Georgian generation of the 1860’s, who called themselves თერგ-დალეულები (terg-daleulebi ‘those who have drunk from the Terek river’), a term which appears in this text with ambiguous reference, denoting not amember of the intelligentsia represented by the narrator, but insteada member of the Georgian people, Lelt Ghunia, who as a Mokhevian peasant dwells beside the Terek river in Khevi, and is therefore a true თერგ-დალეული

Journal Amirani. 2003. Volume 8

The Consonant Phonotactics of Georgian

Author(s): Marika Butskhrikidze

The study of consonant sequences, e.g. forms of the CCC type, is the central topic of this thesis. Assuming that language is an open system and anticipating the idea of relativity and complementariness, the hypothesis that CCC and CVCVCV are related is proposed. More specifically, I argue that all well-formed consonant sequences are derived from structures of the CVC type, which is the lexical part of a word, the stem. On the representational side, to account for the consonant phonotactics a phonological hierarchy is introduced in which the stem domain occupies a place between the segment and the word domain.

Journal Amirani. 2003. Volume 8

The Great Colchian Civilization and the possible state language of the land of Aietes

Author(s): Tariel Putkaradze

According to the article, it appears logical for us to think that at the end of the second Millennium the state of "Greater Colchis" comprised the Eastern and Southern costs of the Black Sea (from Bichrini to Ordumi), a great portion of the Kura river valley and the entirety of the Ch’orokhi river valley; the possible state and official language of this state must have been structured on the model of Proto-Kartvelian, a type A sibilant language (and not a Zan, theoretically hypothetical Zan-Georgian or other such linguistic unity).

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