Sunday, November 28, 2021

Ahiqar - The Story of Ahiqar in its Syriac and Arabic Tradition
The Story of Ahiqar in its Syriac and Arabic Tradition is a project funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and hosted by both the Faculty of Theology of the University of Göttingen and the Göttingen State and University Library. It aims to index and make accessible the Ahiqar story in its Syriac and Arabic transmission branches.



Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Siwi corpus

Siwi corpus

A small part of the Siwi corpus I gathered during PhD and postdoctoral fieldwork is now publicly accessible online, with more planned. Despite my best efforts, there will undoubtedly be some number of errors in transcription and translation; hopefully being able to listen to the audio will make these easier to correct in the long term. (Feel free to comment here or by email.) Some of these recordings may be of particular interest:
  • Four facts about Siwa, short as it is, is a perfect starting point for understanding Siwa anthropologically; the speaker chooses four questions about Siwa, of his own devising, and answers them.
  • The story of the Prophet Joseph is probably the best long narrative I was privileged to record during my fieldwork, retelling a well-known Islamic story with energy and eloquence, and giving numerous examples of grammatical features rarely attested in shorter texts.
  • Paradigm of the Siwi verb əlməd "learn" - does what it says on the tin, and as such makes a great introduction to Siwi verb morphology. Pay particular attention to the position of stress. Not all forms of the verb are included in this recording, but the remainder can easily be derived from these ones.

The speaker recorded in these, Sherif Bougdoura, was a thoughtful and intelligent person, trying to find the right balance between local and national cultures, who made his living as a repairman for lack of opportunities to take his education further. He sadly died young in a work accident several years ago. I hope these recordings will serve to preserve his memory as well as to facilitate linguistic analysis.


Monday, November 15, 2021

OA journal: ئىزدىنىش ژۇرنىلى ئۇيغۇر ئەدەبىياتىغا بېغىشلانغان ئۇنىۋېرسال ئەدەبىي ژۇرنال (Izdinish)


"مەزكۇر ژۇرنال ئۇيغۇر ئەدەبىياتىنى ئۆز ئىچىگە ئالغان دۇنيا ئەدەبىياتىدىكى كىلاسسىك ۋە نادىر ئەسەرلەرنى ئوقۇرمەنلەرگە تەقدىم قىلىش، ئۇيغۇر تىلىدا ئىجادىيەت بىلەن شۇغۇللىنىدىغان كەسپ ئىگىلىرى ۋە ھەۋەسكارلارنىڭ ئەسەرلىرىنى ئېلان قىلىش، ئۇيغۇر ئەدەبىياتىنى ۋە ئەدەبىي تىلىنى باشقا تۈركىي مىللەتلەرگە تونۇشتۇرۇش، شۇنداقلا ئۇيغۇر تىلىدىكى بىر ژۇرنالنى مەزمۇن ۋە سۈپەت جەھەتتىن تەرەققىي قىلدۇرۇپ، خەلقئارادىكى سۈپەتلىك ئەدەبىي ژۇرناللارنىڭ سەۋىيەسىگە يەتكۈزۈشنى مەقسەت قىلىدىغان پەسىللىك ئەدەبىي ژۇرنال. مەزكۇر ژۇرنالدا پەقەت ئەدەبىي ئەسەرلەرلا ئېلان قىلىنىدىغان بولۇپ، بىۋاستە ئۇيغۇرچە يېزىلغان ياكى باشقا تىللاردىن ئۇيغۇرچىغا تەرجىمە قىلىنغان ئەسەلەر قۇبۇل قىلىنىدۇ."

(Uyghur literary journal)


Thursday, November 4, 2021

One Off Journal Issues: La grammaire arabe étendue

One Off Journal Issues: La grammaire arabe étendue

Occasionally issues of journals where one might not normally think to look produce thematic issues of interest. Availability online makes them much more discoverable. A case in point:

La grammaire arabe étendue. Volume 42-1 | 2020 of Histoire Épistémologie Langage

La grammaire arabe étendue

Sous la direction de Jean-Patrick Guillaume


New OA Book: Intra-European Litigation in Eighteenth-Century Izmir


"Scholars have long debated the use of law to settle international trade disputes in the early modern period. In this book, Tijl Vanneste uses the case study of commercial litigation before the Dutch consular court of Izmir to argue that merchants relied on a particular blend of mercantile customs, which he calls ‘the merchants’ style’, and specific legal forms and procedures, laid down in written regulations, and dependent on local and international circumstances. The book challenges the idea of a universal ‘law merchant’, to replace it with a more nuanced analysis that centralizes the interplay between informal merchant custom, as advocated by traders and judges alike, and formal procedural legislation, drawn mostly from Roman law, in the resolution of mercantile disputes."

Copyright Year: 2022
E-Book (PDF)
Availability: Published ISBN: 978-90-04-49823-5Publication Date: 01 Nov 2021


Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Digital Dictionaries of South Asia

On the website Digital Dictionaries of South Asia a variety of dictionaries is available that can be either searched online or downloaded as pdf files. Examples of available languages are

Steingass Persian-English Dictionary

Hayyim Persian-English Dictionary

Heston Pashto-English Dictionary

Platts dictionary of Urdu, Classical Hindi and English

other languages available are: