Up until quite recently, research on Iranian languages tended to be conducted in rather distinct disciplines, often with little interaction among them. A major turning point in bringing scholars from all theoretical persuasions together was the "First International Conference on Iranian Linguistics", held in June 2005 at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig. It inaugurated a tradition of interdisciplinary linguistic research on Iranian languages that we are proud to continue with the present volume. The 13 chapters of this volume represent a selection of the papers presented at the "Third International Conference on Iranian Linguistics", held in September 2009 at the Universite Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris. Part one, historical and comparative Iranian syntax, contains chapters by Saloumeh Gholami, Nicholas Sims-Williams, Antje Wendtland, Agnes Korn, and Arseniy Vydrin. The first three contributions treat the morpho-syntax of two extinct East Iranian languages, revealing a fruitful and innovative synthesis of philological investigations with insights from syntactic typology. Korn's chapter covers both synchronic and diachronic aspects of a typologically unusual development in a broad range of Iranian languages, while Vydrin's chapter surveys the expression of counterfactuality within Iranian from a largely synchronic perspective, but informed with areal-typological explanations. Part two, the morpho-syntax of lesser-know Iranian languages, contains contributions by Daniel Paul, Gregory Stump and Andrew Hippisley, and two joint contributions, Oleg Belaev and Arseniy Vydrin, and David Erschler and Vitaly Volk. They reflect a growing interest in the "smaller" Iranian languages, not only as a source for comparative and historical Iranian philology, but also for the insights they offer for general linguistic theory. Part three, the linguistics of Modern Persian, presents new insights on aspects of Modern Persian. Naderi and Oostendorp's contribution presents an OT-based re-assessment of epenthetic consonants, while Ganjavi revisits the issue of marking vs. non-marking of direct objects. Pirooz looks at control in finite subordinate clauses, while Deravi and Dommergues present the results of an empirical investigation of code-switching by highly proficient Persian-French bilinguals. Taken together, these contributions represent the dynamic and rapidly growing nature of Iranian linguistics, a field which has united linguists of all persuasions who share a strong commitment to the scientific investigation of Iranian languages, their structure, history and use.
About the Author
Contributor Biography - German Agnes KornStudium der Indogermanistik, Indologie und Iranistik in Hamburg und Wien (Mag.a phil. 1996), Promotionsstudium der Vergleichenden Sprachwissenschaft in Frankfurt a. M. (Dr. phil. 2003), Habilitation in Vergleichender Sprachwissenschaft in Frankfurt a. M. (PD 2010);Lektorin fur Deutsch in Banska Bystrica/Slowakei (1995-96), Mitarbeit bei der Osterreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften / Kommission fur Iranistik in Wien (1996-97) und an einem Worterbuchprojekt an der Universitat Graz (1996-98), seit 1998 am Institut fur Vergleichende Sprachwissenschaft, Phonetik und Slavische Philologie der Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe-Universitat Frankfurt a. M. Forschungsschwerpunkt: Historische Grammatik der iranischen Sprachen