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Books: Language Description/Sociolinguistics: Aygen

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Message 1: Kurmanjî Kurdish: Aygen
Date: 24-Sep-2007
From: Ulrich Lueders <>
Subject: Kurmanjî Kurdish: Aygen
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Title: Kurmanjî Kurdish Series Title: Languages of the World/Materials 468 Published: 2007 Publisher: Lincom GmbH

Author: Gülşat Aygen Paperback: ISBN: 9783895860706 Pages: 102 Price: Europe EURO 44.00

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

This book covers the basic phonetic, phonological, morphological andsyntactic structure of Kurmanjî, and includes some sample texts. The firstchapter focuses on the phonetic inventory and phonotactics of KurmanjîKurdish as well as some suprasegmental features, such as stress, and commonphonological processes. The second chapter describes the morphologicalstructure: parts of speech and the relevant inflectional morphology. Thethird chapter presents the Kurmanjî sentence structure, both simple andcomplex, including subordinate clauses. Finally, chapter four contains somesample texts.

This grammar relies heavily on both the very few published material onKurdic, particularly those of Bedir-Xan brothers and data elicited fromnative speakers of Kurmanjî. It adheres to the conventions of theRoman-based alphabet, following Bedir-Xan's orthography and to IPA formswhere relevant.

Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation                             Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s): Kurdish, Northern (kmr)
Written In: English (eng )

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