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Author Sprachman, Paul.
Title Language and culture in Persian / Paul Sprachman.
Published Costa Mesa, Calif. : Mazda Publishers, 2002.
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 Floor4  PK6224.75 .S68 2002    IN LIBRARY
Description 249 p. ; 23 cm.
Series Bibliotheca Iranica. Literature series ; no. 7
Bibliotheca Iranica. Literature series ; no. 7.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 228-247) and index.
Summary Language and Culture in Persian lies at the intersection of what we ordinarily associate with language learning, standard vocabulary, idiom, grammar, etc. and a set of shared assumptions about the world that we call "culture." The book is about what readers of Persian know but rarely express. It asks the question: What understandings do readers share that enable them to comprehend skillful writing in the language? This book is a full course in Persian Lite. It offers sophisticated insights into the language without requiring months of laborious study. The book will interest both general readers and language specialists, especially autodidacts who want to learn about the languages and cultures of the modern Middle East and Central Asia but do not have time for formal language instruction. The type of language and culture awareness the book promotes not only helps one understand the way millions of people communicate in Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, and Tajikistan, but it also fosters an awareness of basic features of Arabic, Hindi, Kashmiri, Pashto, and other languages that have either contributed to the development of modern Persian or have been influenced by it. The book also addresses certain fallacies about the nationality of the language. Not a text of Farsi or Dari or Tojiki, Language and Culture in Persian avoids linguistic partisanship, drawing a picture of the language that retains its clarity and color wherever it is used. At the same time, it also distinguishes Persian writing from other languages that appear in the dotted, toothed, and curved calligraphic dress of "Oriental" or "Islamic" script, what most people - even, as explained in the introduction of the book, scholars of literacy - associate with Arabic.
Language In English, with some text in Persian.
Subject Persian language -- Social aspects.
Persian language -- Political aspects.
Language and culture -- Iran.
Persian language -- Style.
Persian language -- Alphabet.
Related To Online version: Sprachman, Paul. Language and culture in Persian. Costa Mesa, Calif. : Mazda Publishers, 2002 (OCoLC)606923073
ISBN 1568591446 (alk. paper)
9781568591445 (alk. paper)
OCLC number 50669434