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Corpus of Soqotri Oral Literature

Volume 2

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Four years after the publication of the Corpus of Soqotri Oral Literature, volume I (Brill, 2014), this volume present the second installment of the Corpus. Inspired by D.H. Muller's pioneering studies of the 1900s, the authors publish a large body of folklore and ethnographic texts in Soqotri. The language is spoken by more than 100,000 people inhabiting the island Soqotra (Gulf of Aden, Yemen). Soqotri is among the most archaic Semitic languages spoken today, whereas the oral literature of the islanders is a mine of original motifs and plots. Texts appear in transcription, English and Arabic translations, and the Arabic-based native script. Philological annotations deal with grammatical, lexical and literary features, as well as realia. The Glossary accumulates all words attested in the volume. The Plates provide a glimpse into the fascinating landscapes of the island and the traditional lifestyle of its inhabitants.

Author Biography

Vitaly Naumkin, Ph.D. (1972), Dr. Sc. (1981) is the president of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences. He has published books and articles on the Arab and Islamic world in ancient and modern times. He is a fieldwork researcher on Soqotra since 1974. Leonid Kogan, Ph.D. (2001), is head of the Ancient Near Eastern department of the Institute for Oriental and Classical studies, Russian State University for the Humanities, and the vice-director of the Insitute for Oriental and Classical Studies, National Research University-Higher School of Economics. His publications deal with comparative Semitic grammar and etymology. He is fieldwork researcher on Soqotra since 2010. Isa Guman Aldarhi, is a primary school teacher in his native tribal area Darho. Ahmed Isa Aldarhi, has a bachelor in English from the Soqotra branch of the University of Hadramawt. Maysoon Mohammed Aldarhi, is a graduate student of Islamic sciences at the Soqotra branch of the University of Hadramawt. Maria Bulakh, Ph.D. (2005), is a lecturer in Ethiopian languages at the Institute for Oriental and Classical studies, Russian State University for the Humanities and the Insitute for Oriental and Classical Studies, National Research University-Higher School of Economics. She has published numerous articles on grammar and lexicon of Geez, modern Ethiopian languages and Semitic in general. She is field researcher on Soqotra since 2017. Dmitry Cherkashin is a lecturer in Classical Arabic at the Institute for Oriental and Classical Studies, National Research University-Higher School of Economics. He is a fieldwork researcher on Soqotra since 2010. Ekaterina Vizirova is a lecturer in Ancient Near Eastern languages at the Institute for Oriental and Classical Studies, National Research University-Higher School of Economics. She is a fieldwork researcher on Soqotra since 2012.
Release date NZ
December 27th, 2018
Contributors
Edited by Leonid Kogan Edited by Vitaly Naumkin
Pages
425
Edition
Approx. XXIII, 425 Pp. ed.
Country of Publication
Netherlands
Imprint
Brill
ISBN-13
9789004376199
Product ID
28051813

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