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Academic Paper

Title: The vowel system of Jewish Bukharan Tajik: With special reference to the Tajik vowel chain shift
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Author: Shinji Ido
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Institution: Nagoya University
Linguistic Field: General Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Language Documentation; Phonetics; Phonology; Writing Systems
Subject Language: Bukharic
Abstract: The present article describes the vowel chain shift that occurred in the variety of Tajik spoken by Jewish residents in Bukhara. It identifies the chain shift as constituting of an intermediate stage of the Northern Tajik chain shift and accordingly tentatively concludes that in the Northern Tajik chain shift Early New Persian ā shifted before ō did, shedding light on the process whereby the present-day Tajik vowel system was established. The article is divided into three parts. The first provides an explanation of the variety of Tajik spoken by Jewish inhabitants of Bukhara. The second section explains the relationship between this particular variety and other varieties that have been used by Jews in Central Asia. The third section deals specifically with the vowel system of the variety and the changes that it has undergone since the late 19th century.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Publication Info: Journal of Jewish Languages, vol. 5, no. 1. 2017. 81-103
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