New Persian Language and Linguistics: A Selected Bibliography up to 2001.

Author:Kaye, Alan S.
Position:Brief Reviews - Book Review

New Persian Language and Linguistics: A Selected Bibliography up to 2001. By SHAHRAM AHADI. Orientalistik Bibliographien und Dokumentationen, Band 17. Wiesbaden: HARRASSOWITZ VERLAG, 2002. Pp. xxxii + 256.

A useful barometer that can be used to gauge the current interest in Persian linguistics may be seen in the phenomenal 16-page alphabetical list of journals and collected works, including Festschriften, of this very comprehensive bibliography of 2,900 items. (1) In addition to Farsi proper, the bibliography covers Afghan Persian (Dari) and Tajiki. The cited items are published in Persian, Arabic, English, French, German, and Italian; there are no references in any Slavic language, whereas the other comprehensive bibliography in this field, Gernot L. Windfuhr's Persian Grammar: History and State of its Study (The Hague: Mouton, 1979), although considerably older, does have citations in Slavic.

I must comment on the thoroughness of Ahadi's bibliography. It is especially extensive in the area of M.A. theses, Ph.D. dissertations, and unpublished papers, such as Mohammad Dabir-Moghaddam's (1979) "Causative Constructions in Persian," Dept. of Linguistics, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (no. 510, p. 35), or Mahmoud Farrokhpey's An Identification of English and French Loan Words in the Persian Physics Vocabulary, and Implications thereof for English Teaching, (1969) M.A. thesis, American University of Beirut (no. 713, p. 49). The only major omission is Garland Cannon and Alan S. Kaye, The Persian Contributions to the English Language: An Historical Dictionary (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2001). In all fairness to the author, however, the book was probably in press for an extended period of time and, quite possibly, was completed before Cannon and Kaye...

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