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Title: Kurmanjî Kurdish
Written By: Gülşat Aygen
Series Title: Languages of the World/Materials 468
Description:

This is a descriptive grammar of Kurmanjî, a major northern dialect of
Kurdish spoken by the Kurds of Turkey, Eastern Syria, the Caucasus and
parts of Iran. Considering that there is no reference grammar of any
dialect of Kurdish published in English, and that there are only a few
relevant grammars published in Turkish and Iranian, this book will be a
unique resource as a reference grammar for the wider linguistics community.

This book covers the basic phonetic, phonological, morphological and
syntactic structure of Kurmanjî, and includes some sample texts. The first
chapter focuses on the phonetic inventory and phonotactics of Kurmanjî
Kurdish as well as some suprasegmental features, such as stress, and common
phonological processes. The second chapter describes the morphological
structure: parts of speech and the relevant inflectional morphology. The
third chapter presents the Kurmanjî sentence structure, both simple and
complex, including subordinate clauses. Finally, chapter four contains some
sample texts.

This grammar relies heavily on both the very few published material on
Kurdic, particularly those of Bedir-Xan brothers and data elicited from
native speakers of Kurmanjî. It adheres to the conventions of the
Roman-based alphabet, following Bedir-Xan’s orthography and to IPA forms
where relevant.

Publication Year: 2007
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
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Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation
Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s): Kurdish, Northern
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9783895860706
Pages: 102
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