Revaz Tchantouria, Section for Caucasus Studies (Malmö University) had meetings with Prof. Mamia Paghava (to the left), Head of Department of Kartvelian Studies at Batumi State University, and with Dr. Omar Memishishi (below, to the right), a prominent expert on Chan and also a native speaker of the language. Chan is closely related to Megrelian and is mainly spoken close to Batumi in the village of Sarpi on the border to Turkey. Among other things, Dr. Memishishi has collected and published a number of Chan texts.
Professor Jens Erland Braarvig (right), Dept. of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages at Oslo University demonstrated his ongoing project Bibliotheca Polyglotta to Karina Vamling and Revaz Tchantouria, Caucasus Studies, Malmö University. The database includes a large number of parallel religious and other texts and can be searched and read in various ways.
The two ancient literary languages of the Caucasus, Armenian and Georgian, are of particular interest here, as many antique and medieval texts were translated into these languages and in some cases the originals were subsequently lost.
Old Armenian texts are already well represented in the database and the inclusion of Georgian texts is in the planning phase, which was one of the topics discussed during this informal meeting.
The database Bibliotheca Polyglotta is open and can be accessed at: https://www2.hf.uio.no/polyglotta/index.php?page=main
Photo to the right: From Dionysius Thrax: Grammar
Michael Aldarondo-Jeffries, Director of Academic Advancement Program at University of Central Florida, talking to Lasse Lindhagen about the McNair program at the university.