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Yaghnobi Language Resources

The links below will take you to resources that I have made available on this site for study of the Yahgnobi language:

Online Yaghnobi – Tajik – English lexicon

This is a lexicon I compiled during the fall of 2006 while doing fieldwork on the Yaghnobi language in Tajikistan.

Aspects of Yaghnobi Grammar by B. Bird 

This is an MA thesis describing some of the main aspects of the morphology and syntax of the Yaghnobi language.

The Yaghnobi Language by A. L. Khromov

The entire book in Russian is here as well as translations of some sections into English.

Posts on the Yaghnobi Language

Click on the Yaghnobi category tag at the right to see all posts in this blog on the Yaghnobi language.


1. Doug Hitch - June 30, 2008

Nice site
Excellent quality sound recording. this page should be accessible from your top menu.
Masthead: langauge > language
irrigator discussion: genetive > genitive
About -i, instead of OBL, why not just -i ? Or, you could break it down according to morphosyntactic function, e.g., -iA(djective), -iG(enitive).
I would prefer traditional roman transcription over IPA — if you can get that past your supervisor.

2. Bahrom - July 24, 2008

I’m glad you like our blog. When I get some time I’ll update things a bit and move the transcription and recording to the resources section.

I agree that OBL was a misleading gloss. In the final version of my thesis, which I just posted, I glossed this as CS (Case). Since there is only one case marker, -i, I didn’t use different glosses for GEN, LOC, etc. Although, I did give my interpretation of the case function below the gloss.

Which “traditional Roman trascription” do you prefer? I’ve seen a number of them. Are you referring to the one commonly for Iranian languages used by Russian linguists? The reason I didn’t use this system is that it is realatively unknown to the broader linguistic community in the US, and I wanted my work to be accessible to a wider audience; included in that wider audience are my advisor and thesis reviewers at the U of O!

3. Josh - November 15, 2009

I LOVE this blog. Your work is inspiring. I’m starting a PhD at Indiana in Central Eurasian Languages in June 2010 inshallah.
Anyway, we have a lot of the same research interests, and I wanted to say whats up.

Bahrom - November 15, 2009

I’m glad you find this blog inspiring. Indiana sounds like a good place to study Central Eurasian languages. I’ve found some good resources on the department’s web site.

I’m currently on a hiatus from linguistics and involved in my other passion, computing. I’m teaching Computer Science full time at Lane Community College, here is Eugene, OR. One of these days I hope to bring linguistics and computers together in a career path, but for now I’m just glad to be able to support my family!


Josh - November 18, 2009

Aha. I have fam in Eugene, they really like it. I was wondering if it would be cool if I printed off a copy of your Yaghnobi thesis (im in Yemen now = way cheap printing/binding.) do you have a single pdf of the whole book that you could send me?
ps checked out birds bits, waaaay over my head. respek.

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