This dictionary is useful for linguists, orientalists, historians, prehistorians, ethnologists and theologians as well as students and interested laymen.
Surab Sardshweladse, Ph.D. (1973) in Kartvelology, University of Tbilisi, is Professor of Kartvelology at State University of Tbilisi. He has especially dealt with Old Georgian and other Kartvelian languages and edited Old Georgian texts.
Heinz Fähnrich, Ph.D. (1970) in Caucasian languages, University of Tbilisi, is Professor of Caucasian Philology at Jena University. His publications cover Georgian, Kartvelian and other Caucasian languages.
The dictionary offers a complete compilation and a historical-comparative reflection of the hereditary lexis of the Kartvelian (South Caucasian) language family. It represents the latest stage of etymological research, contains a wealth of new lexical entries, corrections of earlier attempts and new reconstructions. The introduction provides a survey of general data of the four Kartvelian languages (Georgian, Mingrelian, Laz, Svan), characterizes the historical-comparative research in short and provides a detailed description of the system of regular phoneme correspondences. The main chapter presents the Kartvelian lexis in separate entries. The reconstructed forms of the root- and affix morphemes are listed in alphabetical order followed by instances of the Kartvelian languages. Each entry covers the phonological development of the lexical item from its original form to its present state and is supplemented by references.
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