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eBook The Iranian Languages (Routledge Language Family Series) ePub

by Gernot Windfuhr

  • ISBN: 0415622352
  • Category: Foreign Language Study and Reference
  • Subcategory: Reference
  • Author: Gernot Windfuhr
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (August 29, 2012)
  • Pages: 960
  • ePub book: 1411 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1735 kb
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  • Rating: 4.7
  • Votes: 818

Description

Estimated to have between 150 and 200 million native speakers.

Estimated to have between 150 and 200 million native speakers.

The individual chapters which follow are written by leading experts in the field. Categories: Linguistics\Linguistics.

The dialects of the Central Plateau are from the source provided there. a b Central dialects, Encyclopedia Iranica.

The Iranian languages form the major eastern branch of the Indo-European group of languages, itself part of the larger Indo-Iranian family. Estimated to have between 150 and 200 million native speakers, the Iranian languages constitute one of the world’s major language families. This comprehensive volume offers a detailed overview of the principle languages which make up this group: Old Iranian, Middle Iranian, and New Iranian.

The Iranian Languages is divided into fifteen chapters. The introductory chapters by the editor present a general overview and a detailed discussion of the linguistic typology of Iranian. The individual chapters which follow are written by leading experts in the field. These provide the reader with concise, non-technical descriptions of a range of Iranian languages. Each chapter follows the same pattern and sequence of topics, taking the reader through the significant features not only of phonology and morphology but also of syntax; from phrase level to complex sentences and pragmatics.

Ample examples on all levels are provided with detailed annotation for the non-specialist reader. In addition, each chapter covers lexis, sociolinguistic and typological issues, and concludes with annotated sample texts.

This unique resource is the ideal companion for undergraduate and postgraduate students of linguistics and language. It will also be of interest to researchers or anyone with an interest in historical linguistics, linguistics anthropology and language development.

Gernot Windfuhr is Professor of Iranian Studies at the University of Michigan; he has published widely on Persian and Iranian languages and linguistics and related languages, as well as on other aspects of Iranian culture including Persian literature and Pre-Islamic Iranian religions.

Comments

Kalv Kalv
This book has a lot of information about the Iranian languages. A comparison of Iranian languages with some information about the historical development of them is provided in chapter 2. Dialectology and Topics. Then there are detailed chapters about some Iranian languages, basically all the more major modern languages except for Ossetian, and also several of the minor languages, and also some ancient Iranian languages, including chapter 3. Old Iranian, which covers both Avestan and Old Persian. For each language there is a lot of detail about its phonology and grammar. Only chapter 14.a The Pamir Languages, is much more brief, with only a little information about each Pamir language, but at least there is also chapter 14.b Shughni, where one of the Pamir languages, Shughni, is described in detail. So it is a great book, the only disappointment is that the very unusual Ossetic language is missing.
Makaitist Makaitist
This is a good book about the Iranian languages. Chapter 2 is called Dialectology and Topics, which gives a lot of info on the historical development of various Iranian languages, this is useful info for the historical linguistics of the Iranian languages. The following chapters have detailed information on a few ancient Iranian languages, and a few modern Iranian languages, including all the major ones, except for the interesting Ossetic language, about which even chapter 2 has very little information. But the chapters on the various languages have a lot of detail about each language, including phonology, morphology and syntax, and for some languages even a little information about their dialectology. Chapter 14a, The Pamir languages, is a little shorter, giving a little information about each Pamir language, but this is followed by Chapter 14b, which gives detailed information about one of the Pamir languages, Shughni. So in general, it is a very good book.