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Introduction to Special Issue - Kurdish: A critical research overview


Investigation of the regional variation in Kurmanji, especially its varieties spoken in Turkey, has been almost entirely neglected in the existing literature on Kurdish. In addition to earlier isolated examinations of Kurmanji dialects (cf. MacKenzie, 1961; Ritter, 1971, 1976; Blau, 1975; Jastrow, 1977), native-speaker researchers have recently provided a substantial amount of dialect material across the Kurmanji-speech zone. However, a methodologically-informed evaluation of these observations into a dialect classification is yet to be undertaken. This article aims at providing an initial classification of Kurmanji-internal variation into major regional dialects, based on lexical, phonological and morphosyntactic data collected from five localities in Southeastern Turkey.

Cihengiya zimanya navxweydi kurmanciyde: tesneke seretayya zaravayan

Di nav xebat li ser zimankurdde, heta niha, vekola cudatiy devok zaravay kurmanciy bi taybetew di nav sor Tirkiyeyde, hema bi temamhatiye pi?tguhkirin. Ji bilnd xebat serbixwe y ptir li ser zaravay kurmanc(wek MacKenzie 1961; Ritter, 1971 1976; Blau, 1976; Jastrow 1977), di nav van sal dawde vekoler kurdiman qewareyeke mezin a dane materyel ji gelek zaravay kurmanciyberhev kirine. Lbel h ev vdiy berbelav bi rengekmetodoloj nehatine nirxandin ku tesneke zaravayan jbi dest bikeve. Ev meqale dil dike tesneke seretayya zaravay sereky kurmanciypk bike li ser bingehdaney peyvfonoloj rimany li pc dever ba?-rojhilatTirkiyeyberhevkir

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Historical linguistics; areal linguistics; grammatical change; Kurdish

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