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Persian Studies in North America

edited by Mehdi Marashi
ISBN: 978-0-936347-35-6
Format: Hardcover
Trim: 6 x 9 inches
Publication Date: 01/01/1994
Pages: 576
Language: English



Thirty-two articles by leading scholars on the state of the study of Persian literature. Four of the articles are in Persian. These articles were dedicated to Professor Mohammad Ali Jazayery upon his retirement.



Winfred P. Lehmann, The University of Texas at Austin
Mohammad Ali Jazayery: A Biographical Sketch
Herman H. Van Olphen, The University of Texas at Austin

Part I: Persian Language and Linguistics
Guardianship of The Persian Language
Ehsan Yarshater, Columbia University
One Language With Three Names
Jalal Matini, Journal of Iranshenasi
Notes on Motivations in The Study of Persian
Gernot L. Windfuhr, The University of Michigan
The Ezafe Construction: Some Implications for the Theory of X-Bar Syntax
Vida Samiian, California State University, Fresno
Order Variations in Contemporary Spoken Persian
Simin Karimi, University of Arizona
Phonological Systems in Contact in Iran and Transcaucasia
Donald L. Stilo, University of Washington
On Some Syntactic Particularisms of The Transoxian Tajiki Persian
A. G. Ravan Farhadi, University of California, Berkeley
Russian Loan-words in Persian and Tajiki Languages
Iraj Bashiri, The University of Minnesota
Lexical Convergence in Urdu and Hindi
Herman H. Van Olphen, The University of Texas at Austin
Dialects of Kabul and Tehran
Senzil Nawid, University of Arizona
Persian Loan-words in Uzbek
Mehdi Marashi, University of Utah
The Failure of Language To Communicate: A U.S.-Iranian Comparative Study
Elahe Mir-Djalali, University of California, Berkeley

Part II: Teaching Persian For Proficiency
Are We Teaching Persian? Or Farsi? Or Dari? Or Tojiki?
Brian Spooner, University of Pennsylvania
Time and Effort Estimates for Language Proficiency
John G. Bordie, The University of Texas at Austin
Beyond the Textbook: On Teaching Persian and the Utilization of Cultural Resources
M.R. Ghanoonparvar, The University of Texas at Austin
Students of Oral Proficiency in Persian: A Comparison of Intensive and Non-Intensive Programs
Mehdi Marashi, University of Utah
Persian By Correspondence: One Student's Perspective
Sylvia Ghaed Sharafi, Penticon, British Columbia
Persian for Professionals
Arthur M. Strong, Salt Lake City, Utah
A Three Thousand Year Old Language
Translated By Richard Foltz, Harvard University
The Iranian Languages by Parviz Natel Khanlari
Translated by Kevin Williamson, University of Utah

Part III: Persian Culture and Literature
Badr Shirvani and His Poetry
Heshmat Moayyad, The University of Chicago
Some Thoughts on Zoroastrianism in an Indo-European Perspective
Edgar C. Polome, The University of Texas at Austin
Haji Baba Meets Westomaniac: The Convergence of Two Stereotyped Iranians
Paul Sprachman, Rutgers University
Authors and Authorities: Censorship and Literary Communication in The Islamic Republic of Iran
Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak, The University of Washington
The Tale of Zahak in Jacob Frank's Collection of The Words of The Lord
Harris Lenowitz, University of Utah
A Passage From The Story of Rostam and Esfandiyar by Abolqasem Ferdowsi
Jerome W. Clinton, Princeton University
Women, Ideas and Customs in Qajar Iran
Shireen Mahdavi, University of Utah
Social Thought of Ancient Iran
Jalil Mahmoudi, University of Utah
Persian Language and Persian Identity
Hamid Hamid, Tehran University
Love and Wine in Khayyam and Hafez
Richard Foltz, Harvard University


The thirty essays in English and Persian in this volume presented to Professor Jazayery reflect his own interests in Persian language and linguistics, in language teaching, and in Persian literature and culture. Their number and variety preclude discussing each essay individually; but collectively they raise important pedagogical issues.
... As I have said before, the field is under threat on many fronts; perhaps the issues raised in the essays discussed here will provoke contemplation of the problems we face and efforts at finding constructive solutions to those problems.

---Julie Scott Meisami,
Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society


MEHDI MARSAHI is a instructor of Persian at the U.S. Defense Language Institute. Previously, he was professor of Persian at the University of Utah.

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