Linguistic Convergence and Areal Diffusion
Case Studies from Iranian, Semitic and Turkic
Routledge – 2004 – 384 pages
The authors are outstanding scholars engaged in the study of language varieties spoken in 'convergence areas' in which speakers are multilingual in languages of at least two but sometimes all three language families. Many of the contributions present new data collected in fieldwork. The geographic area covered is Western and Central Asia where varieties of Iranian, Semitic and Turkic languages have entered into many different types of contact. The intricate linguistic contact situations demonstrate highly interesting convergence phenomena.
List of Contributors Preface Introduction 1. Converging Codes in Iranian, Semitic and Turkic Part 1: Iranian Languages 2. Iranian as Buffer Zone Between the Universal Typologies of Turkic and Semitic 3. Semitic in Iranian: Written, Read and Spoken Language 4. The Glottal Plosive: A Phoneme in Spoken Modern Persian or Not? 5. Lexical Areas and Semantic Fields of Arabic Loanwords in Persian and Beyond 6. Central Asian Arabic; The Irano-Arabic Dynamics of a New Perfect Part 2: Semitic Languages 7. Linguistics Contacts in Central Asia 8. Uzbekistan Arabic: A Languages Created by Semitic-Iranian-Turkic Linguistic Convergence 9. Bukhara Arabic: A Metatypized Dialect of Arabic in Central Asia 10. On the Arabic of Arabkhane in Eastern Iran 11. Persian and Turkish Loans in the Arabic Dialects of North Eastern Arabia 12. New Linguistic Data from the Sason Area in Anatolia 13. The Turkish Contribution to the Arabic Lexicon Part 3: Turkic Languages 14. Bilateral Code Copying in Eastern Persian and South-Eastern Turkic 15. Some Notes on 'Mixed' Written Western Oghuz Turkic 16. Traces of Türki-yi Acemi in Pietro della Valle's Turkish Grammar (1620) 17. Iranian Influences in Sonqor Turkic 18. On Copying in Kashkay 19. Modal Constructions in Turkic of Iran 20. The Strange Case of Ottoman 21. Adverbial Clauses in an Old Ottoman Turkish Interlinear Version of the Koran 22. Right-Branching vs. Left-Branching Subordinate Clauses in 16th Century Ottoman Historical Texts: Haphazard Use or Stylistic Device? 23. Some Remarks on the Phonological Status of Greek Loanwords in Anatolian Turkish Dialects Part 4: Other Perspectives 24. Convergence of Languages on the East African Coast 25. Vowel Harmony - Areal or Genetic?
Éva Ágnes Csató is Professor of Turkic Languages at Uppsala University. Her main research interests are general comparative linguistic Turcology, language typology and descriptions of lesser-studied Turkic varieties.
Bo Isaksson is Professor of Semitic Languages at Uppsala University. Her research interests include Arabic dialects, comparative Semitic studies and the verbal aspect in Classical Hebrew.
Carina Jahani is Associate Professor on Iranian languages at Uppsala University. Her main areas of research are the Balochi language and its literature, Modern and Classical Persian grammar and sociolinguistics in Iran.