Secret Languages of Afghanistan and Their Speakers

Secret Languages of Afghanistan and Their Speakers

by Jadwiga Pstrusinska

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ISBN-13: 9781443849708
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Publication date: 09/01/2013
Pages: 179
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Jadwiga Pstrusinska is a graduate of the Institute of Oriental Philology, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, and pursued individually tailored studies at Kabul University from 1973 to 1976. Her academic interests centre on the languages and cultures of Afghanistan and the wider surrounding region, while encompassing comparative studies of Eurasiatic cultures, including the Celtic. She has travelled widely and conducted extensive research in Asia and Europe, and has held Visiting Fellowships at Oxford University and the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. She previously worked for several years at the Institute of Oriental Philology at the Jagiellonian University, where, among other things, she was Head of the Iranian Studies Department. Later, she founded and headed the Department of Interdisciplinary Eurasiatic Research (2002-2011). At present, she is Full Professor at the Faculty of Oriental Studies, Warsaw University, and works as an independent expert on Afghanistan at the Lingua unit within the Swiss Ministry of Justice and Police. She is also a member of the Committee of Oriental Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Her books include Pashto and Dari - Selection for Studying the Official Languages of Afghanistan and their Literature (1985), Afghanistan 1989 in Sociolinguistic Perspective (1990), Tajne jezyki Afghanistanu i ich uzytkownicy (2004), and Old Celtic Culture from the Hindukush Perspective (1994). She is a recipient of the Airey Neave Memorial Scholarship Award (1986), and the Award of the Standing Conference of Rectors of European Universities (1991).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 On the Definition and Nature of a Secret Language 17

Chapter 2 The Ethnolinguistic Situation in Afghanistan 26

Chapter 3 Polish Research on the Secret Languages of Afghanistan 31

Chapter 4 The Secret Languages of Afghanistan and their Speakers 36

Chapter 5 On the Secret Languages of the Region 88

Chapter 6 Ethnic Languages Functioning as Secret Ones 102

Chapter 7 Sacred Secret Languages 109

Chapter 8 On the Social Placement of the Speakers of Secret Languages 115

Chapter 9 Modes of Encoding and Secret Vocabulary 122

Afterword 139

Abbreviations 144

Bibliography 146

Index 161

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