Indo-Iranian Languages and Peoples

Hardcover | January 1, 2003

EditorNicholas Sims-Williams

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The exciting recent developments in our understanding of the history of the Indo-Iranian languages and their speakers are surveyed and assessed by a group of internationally renowned linguists and archaeologists.In the last few years the materials available for the study of the older Indo-Iranian languages have increased dramatically: there have been sensational discoveries of birch-bark scrolls bearing Buddhist texts in the Gandhari language of north-west India, and of leather documents in Bactrian, theancient language of northern Afghanistan. Previously known data has been exploited in new ways using innovative techniques for compiling, manipulating and disseminating electronic text and digital images. And archaeological finds in India, Pakistan and Central Asia, including the 'Bactria-MargianaArchaeological Complex', have given rise to new hypotheses concerning the history and pre-history of the Indo-Iranian peoples.The volume also pays tribute to the pioneer work of the great philologist Sir Harold Bailey (1899-1996).

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The exciting recent developments in our understanding of the history of the Indo-Iranian languages and their speakers are surveyed and assessed by a group of internationally renowned linguists and archaeologists.In the last few years the materials available for the study of the older Indo-Iranian languages have increased dramatically: ...

Nicholas Sims-Williams is a Professor of Iranian and Central Asian Studies, SOAS; and Fellow of the British Academy.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.92 inPublished:January 1, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0197262856

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Ronald E. Emmerick: Hunting the hapax: Sir Harold W. Bailey (1899-1996)J.K. Mallory: Archaeological Models and Asian Indo-EuropeansAsko Parpola: The Nuristani LanguagesRichard Salomon: Gandhari and the Other Indo-Aryan Languages in the Light of Newly-Discovered Karosthi ManuscriptsK.R. Norman: Pali and the Languages of Early BuddhismO Von Hin"uber: The Vocabulary of Buddhist Sanskrit: Problems and PerspectivesJost Gippert: The Avestan Language and its ProblemsAlexander Lubotsky: Scythian Elements in Old IranianFrantz Grenet: Regional Interaction in Central Asia and Northwest India in the Kidarite and Hephthalite PeriodsNicholas Sims-Williams: Ancient Afghanistan and its Invaders: Linguistic Evidence from the Bactrian Documents and InscriptionsGeorges-Jean Pinault: Tocharian and Indo-Iranian: Relations between Two Linguistic AreasIlya Gershevitch: Professor Sir Harold Bailey: An Appreciation