old persian

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    Classical & Iranian Persian: قر vs غر (seductive hip/movements)

    Dear Persophones, Young and old, this has been a subject which has been on my mind for a while and it pertains to the magically metaphorical and poetic nature of the language. Gher or Ger, whichever way you want to transliterate it (to avoid confusing the term with گھیر which is how some 2nd...
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    Middle Persian spelling of برزافره

    I was wondering if anyone knows the Middle Persian spelling of Middle Persian spelling of برزافره (Barzapharnes)? And is there an Old Persian attestation of the name as well?
  3. MariReg

    Old Persian Corpus

    Hi all! Does anybody have any information about old Persian Corpus? Is there a corpus like that?
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    Persian/Iranian equivalent for Latin prefix /de/ in deconstruct, depart

    What is the Persian/Iranian equivalent to the Latin prefix /de/ in deconstruct, depart, جدا/jodâ or سوا/savâ will work for deconstruct but is there a more generic one? e.g. reconstruction = bâzsâzi/‏بازسازی deconstruction = jodâsâzi/جداسازی This thread may belong to the EHL forum, if so, could...
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    Persian: Is کار/kâr (work/job) derived from کردن/kardan - to do?

    Also in the same way, is Persian بار/bâr (load) derived from بردن/bordan - to bear/carry? These derivations may be well established facts but I haven't come across any references to them before. I think there may have been a, now extinct, construct, in early Iranic/Persian, that was applied to...
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    Persian: Perseverance

    In life, one should master the art of perseverance. Perseverance is not an easy quality to learn, but it can be learned. You know what that means? Thank you.
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    Old Persian: kia rish thyar

    Hello, it’s from a satirical story by Edward Page Mitchell that was first published in 1875. Scholars of the British Museum are deciphering cuneiform characters on clay tablets that tell the "true" story of the deluge. Probably it’s just a joke. I have found most words online, and the text...
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    Middle Persian: Spelling of Norouz

    How is 'Norouz' (Persian new year) spelled in Middle Persian script? I have only ever seen transliterations of nwklwc or nōg-rōz.
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    Persian: نوروز

    Hello, I was wondering if anyone knows the etymology of نوروز before the Middle Persian 'nōg-rōz'? Also, does anyone have the Middle Persian spelling of nōg-rōz?
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    Old Persian: Magu

    Hello dear members, Regarding the oldpersian term. magu which was a Designation of a class of priests in western Iran i just wanted to ask whether there is a etymological relation to Av. Maga in the Gatha-hymns? Also can someone explain the real meaning of the avestan compound moyu.tbiš? It is...
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    Persian, Dari: shadi شادى

    Hello, We, in Algeria, as well as in some other Arab countries (Irak,etc.), use the word shadi (shaadi) to mean monkey. I found in some old glossary that this may come from Turkish or Persian. But as far as I know, the commonly word used in both of those languages is maymoon (sorry for the...
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    Old Persian: Cuneiform Written Right-to-Left?

    Hello, I was wondering if anyone knows whether Old Persian cuneiform was written from right-to-left like modern Arabic/Persian script, or from left-to-right like English?
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    Persian: بیستون mountain, village, area

    Dear all, First of all I'd like to know how the name of a mountain and an area named بیستون is pronounced. Because in English, it's Behistun as far as I know, I'm curious why this difference (surmising historical linguistics at play). In Persian dictionaries the only vowel suggestion is a...
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    Old Persian Numerals

    I was wondering if anyone know the character used for the number 50, 70, 80 ad 90 in Old Persian? Wiki has numbers 10, 20, 40, 60 and 120, but not the ones I mentioned. I found number 30 and 100 here. I was wondering if anyone knows the other numbers?
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    Old Persian: Saka/Sakā

    Hello, The Old Persian word for Central Asian nomads is sometimes cited this way Saka (with short -a) and sometimes this way Sakā (with long -ā). I am guessing that Saka is singular and Sakā is plural. Is this correct?
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    Old Persian: Artaxerxes

    Does anybody know a reliable etymology of the name Artaxerxes? I tried to find it on the net, but no two sources agree with each other, which means that they are not reliable. Many look just like pure conjectures, taken from nowhere, i.e. from the author's brain.
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    Akkadian, Old Persian: pīru

    This word means "elephant, ivory" in both languages, but in which language did the word originate? My assumption has been Akkadian; however, Akkadian also has the variant pīlu. As far as I know, the r > l shift is not a feature of Semitic languages, but is common in some IE tongues. So...