Publishing Partner: Cambridge University Press CUP Extra Publisher Login
amazon logo
More Info

New from Oxford University Press!


Oxford Handbook of Corpus Phonology

Edited by Jacques Durand, Ulrike Gut, and Gjert Kristoffersen

Offers the first detailed examination of corpus phonology and serves as a practical guide for researchers interested in compiling or using phonological corpora

New from Cambridge University Press!


The Languages of the Jews: A Sociolinguistic History

By Bernard Spolsky

A vivid commentary on Jewish survival and Jewish speech communities that will be enjoyed by the general reader, and is essential reading for students and researchers interested in the study of Middle Eastern languages, Jewish studies, and sociolinguistics.

New from Brill!


Indo-European Linguistics

New Open Access journal on Indo-European Linguistics is now available!

Summary Details

Query:   Pashto Language Follow-up
Author:  Jamil Daher
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Linguistic LingField(s):   General Linguistics

Language Family:   Pashto

Summary:   At the suggestion of Steven Donahue, I am posting a commentary of
clarification to the word Taliban that was mentioned in his summary of
Pashto Language (Linguist 12.2919)

The word 'Taliban' has been widely described as an Arabic loan word
meaning ''students'', or ''religious students''. This is not entirely
accurate. In Arabic, the word 'taalibaan' is the dual masculine
(nominative) form of the word taalib ''student'' (with no particular
religious connotation), thus taalibaan would only mean ''two (male)
students''. (Talaba/tullaab is the plural masculine form in Arabic,
meaning students.) The word was probably borrowed from Arabic in its
singular form, and then given the plural marker, here (-an), in
Pashto, or some other language in that area. It is common for Arabic
words borrowed into Pashto, or any other language for that matter, to
undergo certain changes in order to conform to the phonological and
morphological systems of the borrowing language.

Jamil Daher

LL Issue: 12.2973
Date Posted: 28-Nov-2001
Original Query: Read original query


Sums main page