This festschrift is cordially and respectfully dedicated to the linguist Winfried Boeder (University of Oldenburg, Germany) to honour him as a friend, colleague and teacher on the occasion of his 65th birthday. Winfried Boeder is not only one of the most distinguished scholars of Caucasian languages but he is also widely recognised for the great and continuing contribution he has made to the field of general and comparative linguistics. Accordingly, the present volume includes papers on three separate but related areas: philology (both from a linguistic and cultural point of view), language typology and language structure (including comparative studies). The 25 contributions are thus held together by the links they have with various aspects of Winfried Boeder's work. Georgian, a language for which he has a particular affection, is the topic of a large number of papers, both from a synchronic and diachronic point of view.