Most experts currently agree (Tuite 2007) that the three Caucasian language
families are not genetically related, and thus are also interesting from the perspective of areal linguistics.
Aparag entered Kabardin as abredzh, Abkhaz as abrag', ossetian as abireg, Mingrelian, Svan, and Georgian as abragi, and Ingush and Chechen as obarg, to cite merely a few Caucasian languages
Long-time colleague Sonja Fritz, who edited the manuscript for publication, calls it the first Ossetic grammar that systematically takes into account the results of modern research by specialists of Indo-European and Caucasian languages
11); the Urals mark the Eastern boundary; the South Eastern border is the frontier with Kazakhstan, but the gap in the South Eastern corner is defined in a linguistically inclusive way so as to allow an extensive entry on Caucasian languages
(all forty of them pp.
Volume two includes articles on Asian Indo-European, Turkic, and Caucasian languages
, and various unrelated languages.
Among the topics are the interface between researchers and the native people as exemplified in the Trumai case, linguistic parameters of language endangerment in endangered Caucasian languages
in Georgia, and a preliminary study of same-turn self-repair initiation in Wichita conversation.
By the same token, Circassian, Laz, and other Caucasian languages
as well as Arabic, Syriac, and Assyrian would have cross-fertilized and enriched not only each other but also Turkish and Kurdish.