Yushij: A Caspian Dialect of the Central Alborz

Borjian, Habib

Yushij is the dialect of Yush, a mountainous village in the Mazandaran province of Iran. An endangered variety of the Tabari language, Yushij exhibits transitional characteristics between Tabari proper, spoken in the urban centers of Mazandaran, and the Central Caspian language group, neither of which has received proper scholarly attention. This study offers an outline of phonology and morhosyntax of Yushij based on the texts collected a half a century ago. The texts are transcribed and translated here, followed by a glossary which offeres etymology for selected lexical items. This study may also offer clues to elucidate some ambiguous Tabari verses of the illustrious Persian poet Nima Yushij, whose works in his mother tongue have largely been overlooked because of their linguistic intricacies.


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January 12, 2018