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Sims-Williams, Nicholas, ed. (2002) Indo-Iranian Languages and Peoples. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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The recent developments in our understanding of the history of the Indo-Iranian languages and their speakers are surveyed and assessed in this book by a group of linguists and archaeologists. In the last few years, the materials available for the study of the older Indo-Iranian languages have increased dramatically: there have been discoveries of birch-bark scrolls bearing Buddhist texts in the Gandhari language of north-west India, and of leather documents in Bactrian, the ancient language of northern Afghanistan. Previously known data has been exploited in new ways using innovative techniques for compiling, manipulating, and disseminating electronic text and digital images. And archaeological finds in India, Pakistan, and Central Asia, including the ‘Bactria-Margiana Archaeological Complex’, have given rise to new hypotheses concerning the history and pre-history of the Indo-Iranian peoples. The volume also pays tribute to the pioneering work of the philologist Sir Harold Bailey (1899–1996).

Item Type: Edited Book or Journal Volume
Keywords: Indo-Iranian languages, birch-bark scrolls, Buddhist texts, Gandhari, north-west India, leather documents, Bactrian, northern Afghanistan, Harold Bailey
SOAS Departments & Centres: Legacy Departments > Faculty of Languages and Cultures > Department of the Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East
ISBN: 9780197262856
DOI (Digital Object Identifier):
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2007 13:28

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