AKHP Public Lecture, Khorog: Phraseological and Lexical Synonymity in Unwritten Languages (Using the Example of Shughni Language)

Date: 27 September 2019
Other languages: Русский язык |
September 27th 2019, 4:00 pm
Khorog, Tajikistan
Shonazar Mirzoev
Senior Research Fellow, Candidate of Philological Sciences
Pamiri Languages Department, Institute of Humanities

Synonymity is believed to be an attribute of only literary written languages, however, research findings by the lecturer have demonstrated that it can also be found in unwritten languages. The origin of unwritten languages is similar to its formation in literary languages. Through his research, synonymic chains and its types have been identified, which helps demonstrate that speakers of unwritten languages use synonyms contextually.

Unwritten languages are currently threatened by extinction. Using the example of Shughni, the lecture will describe methods and tools to address this issue, such as preserving the language through different types of dictionaries.

Upon graduation from T. M. Shevchenko Tajik State Pedagogical Institute in 1983, he joined the Department of Contemporary Russian Language at the Kurgan-Tyube Pedagogical Institute. In 1986-1989 he was a teacher of Russian language and Russian literature in Secondary School #9 in Khorog. Since 1989, he has been a Research Fellow with the Humanities Institute of the Academy of Science of the Republic of Tajikistan. In 1999, he defended his Candidate’s dissertation on “Synonymity in Unwritten languages”. In 2008, he went to Kentucky University to join research conducted by this university’s faculty on grammar of unwritten languages. He has also written two monographies and over thirty articles. 

Munira Tavakalova
Candidate of Philosophy
Head of the Department of Philosophy and Political Studies
Khorog State University

The lecture will be delivered in Russian.

Ismaili Centre in Khorog
132 Shotemurov Street 
Khorog, Tajikistan

Please confirm your participation with your name and affiliation by sending an e-mail to: tavakalova72@rambler.ru (Munira Tavakalova); gulbahor.raqamova@ucentralasia.org (Gulbahor Raqamova).
Ideas presented in this lecture reflect the personal opinion of the speaker and do not necessarily represent the views of the University of Central Asia and/or its employees.  
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