A panoramic overview of the history of the dialectology of the Tajik dialects of Persian language (that are introduced as a language per se in conformity with the postulates of Soviet linguistics) is followed by a short history of the Department of Dialectology of the Rudaki Institute of Tajik Language and Literature (Dushanbe) from its creation in 1959 to its closure after the Tajikistani civil war.  After words on the impact of Rastorgueva’s works on the compared dialectology of Tajik “language”—see in infra 67 my review of Molchanova in 1.2.B.—, the author evokes the effort expanded in the 1970s-80s for the collection of materials on regional and local Tajik dialects, in and outside Tajikistan.  The overall presentation suffers from the bias, now common in Dushanbe, that consists in putting the studies on southern, mainly Khatlani dialects of Tajik Persian language at the origin of every kind of innovation in the field.

Stéphane A. Dudoignon, National Centre for Scientific Research, Paris
CER: I-1.2.A-36