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Academic Paper

Title: New Persian Vowels Transcribed in Ming China
Author: Shinji Ido
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Institution: Nagoya University
Linguistic Field: General Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Language Documentation; Phonetics; Phonology; Writing Systems
Subject Language: Persian, Iranian
Chinese, Mandarin
Subject LANGUAGE Family: Iranian; Southwest Iranian
Abstract: This paper analyses New Persian words transcribed in Chinese script in huihuiguan zazi, a New Persian-Chinese glossary compiled in Ming China. The analysis reveals a correspondence between the vowel contrasts of modern Tajik and those of the variety of New Persian whose words are recorded in the glossary. This paper also identifies, based on historical records, the variety as an early fifteenth-century New Persian which had diplomatic currency in the Timurid court in Samarkand.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Publication Info: Iranian Languages and Literatures of Central Asia. From the 18th century to the present, eds. Matteo De Chiara and Evelin Grassi, Paris: Association pour l’Avancement des Études Iraniennes, 2015 (Cahiers de Studia Iranica, 57). ISBN 978-2-910640-43-9
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