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Indo-Iranian Languages and Peoples$
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Nicholas Sims-Williams

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780197262856

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197262856.001.0001

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Tocharian and Indo-Iranian: relations between two linguistic areas

Tocharian and Indo-Iranian: relations between two linguistic areas

(p.243) Tocharian and Indo-Iranian: relations between two linguistic areas
Indo-Iranian Languages and Peoples

Georges-Jean Pinault

British Academy

Since the beginning of Tocharian studies, the two languages of the ‘Tocharian’ group have interested Iranianists as well as Indologists because of the proximity of the sites where Tocharian manuscripts and those in Iranian languages, such as Khotanese and Sogdian, were discovered at the beginning of the twentieth century. In respect of the contents of the texts, which are almost all of Buddhist inspiration, Tocharian studies fall into the Indian sphere. This chapter focuses on lexical problems in Tocharian which need to be approached from the perspective of language contact, in order to exemplify the problems of research in this field.

Keywords:   Tocharian, language contact, Indo-Iranian languages, lexical problems, Khotanese, Sogdian

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