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A Grammar of Pashto A Descriptive Study of the Dialect of Kandahar, Afghanistan

Herbert Penzl, Georg Morgenstierne (Contributor), Ismail Sloan (Contributor)

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ISBN 10: 0923891722 / ISBN 13: 9780923891725
Published by Ishi Press, 2009
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Title: A Grammar of Pashto A Descriptive Study of ...

Publisher: Ishi Press

Publication Date: 2009

Binding: Paperback

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Would you like to be able to speak to the fellows on the cover of this book? This is the book for you! Are you a grunt in a foxhole just trying to get out of this alive? You really need this book! Pashto is a language spoken by at least 40 million people in Southern and Eastern Afghanistan and in the Northwest Frontier Province of Pakistan. Estimates of the number of Pashto speakers range from 40 million to 60 million, which should make it among the most widely spoken languages in the world. One source ranks it as number 20 in the world in the number of speakers of the language. Another source ranks it as number 35. However, most sources do not rank it at all. The language seems to be virtually unknown except among those in contact with it. This is the definitive, authoritative work on the Pashto Language.

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Herbert Penzl, born 1910-09-02, Neufelden (Austria), died 1995, was an Austrian-born American philologist and historical linguist. He studied English Philology at the University of Vienna under Karl Luick. In 1936 he completed his Ph.D. dissertation The Development of Middle English a in New England Speech. He spent some time in the United States working on the Linguistic Atlas of the United States and Canada at Brown University, having been recommended for the exchange by Sigmund Freud. While in the US, he published his first article, "New England Terms for Poached Eggs," which received media coverage by the Associated Press among others. After a brief return to Austria, he decided in 1936 to move to the United States permanently. He was appointed at Rockford College, Illinois (1936-1938). In 1938, he received an appointment at the University of Illinois, where he worked until 1950. In 1944 he became a naturalized US citizen and from 1943 to 1945 he served in the United States Army, working on the development of military dictionaries. After the war, he worked on the publication of A Grammar of Pashto: A Descriptive Study of the Dialect of Kandahar, Afghanistan' (1955). From 1950 to 1963, he taught at the University of Michigan. In 1963, he received an offer from the Linguistics Department at the University of California, Berkeley, where he spent the rest of his career. Penzl's research included a wide variety of topics, but his main interests were Germanic historical phonology. He wrote over 250 research articles and published 11 books, many of which have become standard works for students of Germanic Philology. Penzl described himself as an "American-style Structuralist."

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