Public Lecture: Reflections on the History of Pamir Peoples Through Language
30 May 2017, 13:00
Dr Yusufbekov Shodikhon
Doctor of Philology
Professor and Director, Institute of Humanitarian Sciences
Academy of Sciences of Tajikistan
Research on Pamir languages provide valuable information on the history and culture of the Pamir people. Linguistic materials allow historians to reconstruct history, the migration and process of resettlement of Iranians in their new areas of dwelling. Elements of ancient religions, family trees and historical phenomena are documented through language. Phonetic and lexical analysis of Pamir languages indicate that the process of settlement of Pamirs could go from west, to east and southern parts of the region. Moreover, the process of unification and assimilation of the Pamir peoples proceeded peacefully and covered a large historical period. However, it is difficult to determine whether the Pamiri people were original inhabitants or relocated like other ancient people living in the region.
Professor Yusufbekov Shodikhon is the Director of the Institute of Humanitarian Sciences at the Academy of Sciences of Tajikistan and is a specialist of Iranian and Pamir languages. His research interests include studying folkloric-literary genres through their preservation, further development and the creation of scientific sources by gathering linguistic, folklore, ethnographic and religious materials. He is also interested in the creation of scientific funds for languages, folklore, literary works and the spiritual culture of the peoples of Badakhshan; including the publication of Pamir-lingual texts with Tajik and Russian scientific translations. In 1999, he published a well-received monograph, Dactity in Languages of the Shugnan-Rushan Group: Semantic-Pragmatic Aspects. Professor Shodikhon has published extensively including recent works on the s fundamentals of Iranian linguistics, world and East Iranian languages and the history of the Gorno Badakhshan Autonomous Region. In 2013, he published a paper on the historical phonetics of the Sanglechi language and a paper on the historical morphology of the Sanglechi language in 2015.
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School of Professional and Continuing Education
University of Central Asia
The lecture will be delivered in Russian.
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