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According to the principles of the “Parlons. . .” collection led by Michel Malherbe, the book is introduced by a historical overview comprising a short description of the five most important Turkmen tribes (p. 5-15), followed at the end of the volume by a special chapter on Turkmen culture (129-50)—with practical paragraphs on sayings and proverbs, family names, religion, literature, the press and TV, music, tourism, fauna and flora, cooking, horse breading, carpet weaving, the Turkmens abroad.  The core of the book is made by two chapters on (1) an introduction of Turkmen language and (2) everyday conversation in Turkmen language.  The language described here is the standard idiom developed in the Turkmen SSR during the Soviet period on the basis of the Teke and Yomud dialects.  The author evokes the successive writing systems adopted for Turkmen language, with development on the phonetic value of present-day Latin characters.  The linguistic description properly said deals successively with the noun, cases, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, numbering, verbs, simple times, composed times, auxiliaries, participles and gerundives, postpositions, particles, conjunctions, interjections, and sentences.  The chapter on practical conversation provides vocabulary and models for salutations, usual polite phrases, information and interdictions, age and family, street conversation, transports, hotels, post and telephone, shopping, health problems.  The last part of the volume is a bilingual French-Turkmen and Turkmen-French glossary (151-224), followed by a short bibliography in Western languages

The Redaction
CER: I-6.3.D-602