Work on this book took its first concrete form in 2006 during my work with Zuszsa Várnai, Sándor Szeverényi, Nóra Wenszky and Attila Novák on the Nganasan morphological analyzer within the Project “Morphological analyzer of Nganasan” supported by Hungarian Research Grant (OTKA, Hungary, project number K60807). Thanks to my fabulous colleagues, I learned very much not only about the Nganasan phonology and grammar, but about grammar writing in general. My ideas came to a final formulation during my works with Maria Brykina, Valentin Gusev and Sándor Szeverényi on a Nganasan corpus. This project was supported by the Deutsche Forschungesgemeinschaft (DFG, Germany, project number WA 3153/2–1).
I would like to thank here all persons who helped me to complete my study on Nganasan. First, I wish to thank Tibor Mikola and Eugen Helimski, who first introduced me to the Nganasan language and culture and who made my first fieldwork trips to the Taimyr Peninsula possible. My fieldwork opportunities were supported by a grant from Soros Foundation awarded to me in 1996, the Hungarian Research Grant (OTKA, Hungary) awarded to me in 2007, a project grant from Fonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung (FWF, Austria) awarded to Johanna Laakso in 2008, and a project grant from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, Germany).
Very special thanks go to my colleagues, Maria Brykina, Valentin Gusev, Oksana Dobzhanskaya, and Alexandre Arkhipov, who helped me to organize the expeditions and who helped me during my fieldworks.
I also thank my colleagues Maria Brykina, Valentin Gusev, Jean-Luc Lambert, Zsuzsa Várnai, Oksana Dobzhanskaya and Sándor Szeverényi for sharing with me their field recordings and permitting me to continue researching.
My gratitude also goes to Anna Fenyvesi, Gerrit Jawinsky, Hannah Wegener and Alexander David Curtis for reading and correcting the manuscript of this book. I would like to thank Marianne Bakró-Nagy, Valentin Gusev, Gerson Klumpp and Sándor Szeverényi, who commented on the previous versions of this grammar. Their remarks were helpful for my work. I would also like to thank Brill: my work with the staff of the publisher has been very pleasant at all stages of the production of this book.
Of course, my deepest gratitude goes to my consultants in Usť-Avam, Volochanka and Dudinka. Special thanks are due to my parents, to my daughter and to my husband for their understanding, patience and emotional support.
Budapest, March–Mai 2018