Talyshi documentation and description
Gerardo De Caro, SOAS
Field Trip Grant. Duration: 2006-2007. £6,789
The project aims to produce a collection of audio and video recordings of Talyshi, a North-western Iranian language spoken on the Caspian coastline between Iran and Azerbaijan. The language is divided into three highly divergent dialectal clusters. The central and southern dialects are still poorly described and scarcely known outside Iran, where wordlists and Persian translations are available.
All recordings will be transcribed and translated, with at least 10% of the recordings annotated in detail. These texts will be supplemented by an electronic lexicon of approximately 2500 words,a skecth grammar and an analysis of argument marking patterns.