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On the Origin of Two Verbs in Talyshi and the du-baytīs by Šayḫ Ṣāfī ad-Dīn-i Ardabīlī

Hasmik Kirakosyan

Pages 233 - 239


The spatial and chronologic connections between the northern subgroup of the Iranian Southern-Tati dialects and the northern and central Talyshi dialects led to lexical and morphologic similarities. The etymological analysis utilizing the old Azari lexical material hints at new revelations. The article examines two verbal forms attested in the du-baytīs written in the old Ardabili dialect by Šayḫ Ṣāfī ad-Dīn-i Ardabīlī. These are the verbal noun næwā “seeker” and the finite verb nawrīrum “I wandered,” the traces of which have been preserved in the northern subgroup of Iranian Southern-Tati dialects and Talyshi. This examination clarifies that the Talyshi homonym verbs næwe (нəве) “to search” and næw[ī]e “to wander, to walk” have different origins.


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