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Persian: “The Most Atypical Iranian Language”

John McWhorter

in Language Interrupted: Signs of Non-Native Acquisition in Standard Language Grammars

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195309805
eISBN:
9780199788378
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195309805.003.0007
Subject:
Linguistics, Theoretical Linguistics

This chapter compares Old and Modern Persian languages, and addresses the question: when did Persian become ‘marvelously simple’? The differences between Persian and its sister languages, historical ... More


Scythian elements in Old Iranian

Alexander Lubotsky

in Indo-Iranian Languages and Peoples

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780197262856
eISBN:
9780191753961
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197262856.003.0009
Subject:
Classical Studies, Asian and Middle Eastern History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter examines whether there are Scythian loanwords in the Old Iranian languages, namely Avestan and Old Persian. Since all three languages are closely related, it is not simple to prove ... More


Brugmann's Law: the problem of Indo‐Iranian thematic nouns and adjectives

Elizabeth Tucker

in Laws and Rules in Indo‐European

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199609925
eISBN:
9780191741579
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199609925.003.0014
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

The sound change Indo-European *o 〉 Indo-Iranian -ā- in open syllables, known as Brugmann’s Law, is now widely accepted, but there are a number of remaining problems, particularly in respect to the ... More


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