Who Killed Osman Xate?

C. G. Häberl, K. Kashintseva, S. Loesov

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The grammar of the village dialects of uroyo remains poorly described apart from that of Midn, and within the documentation there is a dearth of spontaneous conversations. Consequently, much about uroyo pragmatics and sociolinguistics in general also remains undescribed. We therefore present two short conversations between three residents of Kfarze in Tur Abdin, concerning a significant event in its recent history, together with a translation and a glossary. In addition to their value as oral histories of the Christian-Kurdish relationship in the region, they reveal significant details about the dialect of Kfarze, including 1) the contraction of triphthongs in ii-y verbs; 2) nouns consistently marked with l-when they express the agent of an 'ergative' preterite; and 3) the retention of 'soft' (unaspirated) in Kurmanji loan vocabulary. The presence of the last feature, and of frequent code-switching between uroyo and Kurmanji in the spontaneous speech of these villagers, attests to the bilingual situation in Kfarze.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAramaic Studies
StateAccepted/In press - 2022
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Religious studies
  • Linguistics and Language


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