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From the dialects of Old Indo-Aryan to Proto-Indo-Aryan and Proto-Iranian

Asko Parpola

in Indo-Iranian Languages and Peoples

Published by British Academy

Published in print January 2003 | ISBN: 9780197262856
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191753961 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197262856.003.0003

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

From the dialects of Old Indo-Aryan to Proto-Indo-Aryan and Proto-Iranian

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The Aryan or Indo-Iranian languages are divided into two basic groups, Indo-Aryan (i.e. languages nowadays mainly spoken in India in its pre-1947 sense of South Asia) and Iranian (i.e. languages nowadays mainly spoken in Iran, also rather in the historical sense of the Persian Empire, which extended to Central Asia and the Indus Valley). This chapter discusses how this dialectal split goes back to the very emergence of Proto-Aryan from Late Proto-Indo-European, far from India and Iran.

Keywords: Indo-Iranian languages; Old Indo-Aryan; dialectal split; India; Iran; Iranian; Proto-Aryan

Chapter.  28242 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Classical History

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