Kurdish-English Dictionary

Michael L. Chyet; With selected etymologies by Martin Schwartz

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June 10, 2003
896 pages, 8 1/2 x 11
1 map
ISBN: 9780300091526

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This dictionary focuses on modern use of the Kurmanji dialect of Kurdish, which is spoken in Turkey, Syria, Iran, Iraq, and parts of the former Soviet Union. It is the most comprehensive Kurmanji-English volume ever composed. Michael L. Chyet, renowned for his extensive knowledge of the major dialects of Kurdish, provides a thorough documentation of the current state of knowledge about the lexicon of the language. Dictionary entries are extensive and include whenever possible detailed etymologies, multiple meanings, variant forms, sample sentences, synonyms, and inflections. These materials will make the volume an invaluable reference for linguists as well as for historians, anthropologists, folklorists, and ethnologists.

Michael L. Chyet is cataloger of Middle Eastern languages at the Library of Congress. Formerly he was senior editor of the Kurdish Service of the Voice of America and professor of Kurdish at the University of Paris and at the Washington Kurdish Institute.

"This is not an ordinary dictionary. It is extraordinary. It is the first and only comprehensive sum-up of two centuries of Western and Middle Eastern scholarship on the Kurmanji dialect of Kurdish, spoken by the majority of Kurds, and one of the most repressed languages of the world."—Amir Hassanpour, Assistant Professor, Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, University of Toronto

“The most comprehensive Kurdish-English dictionary every written. . . . The work will help diplomats, soldiers, relief workers and businessmen venturing into Iraq, Turkey, Iran and other parts of the world where Kurds have wandered and settled.”—Nora Boustany, Washington Post
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