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Re: NATLANG: intros to Osmanli & Middle Persian (biblio help pls!)

From:Leo Caesius <leo_caesius@...>
Date:Tuesday, June 22, 2004, 15:53
"Tamás Racskó & others on this list have mentioned studying Osmanli. Can
anyone provide me with a bibliography in English? I am interested in
non-modern Turkish."

An excellent resource for CONLANGers interested in Osmanli is Geoffrey
Lewis' "The Turkish Language Reform: A Catastrophic Success."  It's a very
informative (and, dare I say, darkly humorous) book, and very approachable
for non-Ottomanists and even those who don't speak modern Turkish.

I don't know of any English resource for Middle Persian.  I learned mine
from a combination of Thackston's modern Persian Grammar and MacKenzie's
Pahlavi dictionary (this last is found online:

Actual copies of MacKenzie are quite hard to come by, and very expensive
once you find them.

Prods Oktor Skjaervo is working on a Middle Persian Grammar but it's not
ready for publication just yet.  I've used that too but I find Thackston
easier (be sure to concentrate on the Classical Usages appendix, which has a
lot of stuff also found in Pahlavi).

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