Linguists and specialists on Siberia are generally familiar with the name Ket, which designates a small ethnic group on the Yenisei and their language, widely regarded as a linguistic enigma in many respects. Ket is a severely endangered language with today less than 500 native speakers. Together with Yugh, Kott, Arin, Assan and Pumpokol, all of which are completely extinct, it forms the Yeniseic family of languages, which has no known linguistic relatives. This
Grammar of Ket constitutes the first book of its kind in English and is structured as follows: (1) Introduction; (2) The Kets and their Language; (3) Phonology; (4) Morphology; (5) References. A second volume is planned on Ket syntax, supported by a collection of original texts with translations and annotations.
Stefan Georg studied comparative linguistics and several Asian languages at the university of Bonn, where he earned his PhD in Central Asian Linguistics, Indo-European and Manchuristics. He specializes in the methodology of language comparison, questions of the ethnolinguistic history of Eurasia, and issues of historical and descriptive linguistics of this vast area, including the Mongolian, Turkic, Tungus, Indo-European, South-Caucasian and Tibeto-Burman language families. One of the focus areas of his research are the so-called Palaeoasiatic languages of North Asia/Siberia. After a description of the Thakali language (Tibeto-Burman/Nepal) and a grammar of Itelmen, the indigenous language of the Kamchatka peninsula (co-authored with A.P. Volodin, St. Petersburg), this
Grammar of Ket is his third monograph devoted to the description of an endangered language. He currently works as a project manager in the translation industry.
Table of contents
1 Introduction; 2 The kets and their language; 3 Phonology; 4 Morphology; 5 References