Reviews

Based on a solid knowledge of the Soviet bibliography of the dialectology of Tajik language in the Khujand area (north of Tajikistan), the present study provides several lists of vernacular vocabulary, classified into different formal or semantic categories: doublets (arang-arang “a little bit,” ghurashura, “underdone, not cooked,” etc.); onomatopoeias (pp. 88-93); kinship (a lot of which terms are common with standard Tajik language); social classes (built on popular explanations: see those given to the terms tura or chala—two categories particularly significant in the modern history of Khujand); cookery and pastry (terms given without explanation); furniture and utensils (with descriptions); variorum (pp. 97-102).  In all, the article appears as a modest but interesting lexicographic collection, to be enriched and systematised by further research in oral and written materials of the most varied registers.

Stéphane A. Dudoignon, National Centre for Scientific Research, Paris
CER: I-6.2.B-554