[lg policy] Dissertation: Persian Orthography: Modification or changeover? (1850-2000)

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Persian Orthography: Modification or changeover? (1850-2000)

Institution: Uppsala University
Program: Iranian Languages
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2005

Author: Forogh Hashabeiky

Dissertation Title: Persian Orthography: Modification or changeover?

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): Farsi, Western (pes)

Dissertation Director:
Jahani Carina
Bo Utas

Dissertation Abstract:

The present study provides a description of the standardization process of
Persian orthography since the introduction of the Arabic alphabet, with a
focus on this process in modern times (1850 - 2000). Using theories related
to orthography standardization as its background, this work seeks an
explanation for the prolonged standardization process of Persian
orthography, and presents the frameworks within which this standardization
has been carried out. The most recent state of Persian orthography is
presented through an investigation of the current attitudes towards the
problems of Persian orthography and possible frameworks for a potential
reform, as well as through an investigation of the current tendencies in
the manner of presenting different orthographic parameters within Persian
contemporary texts. How and by whom the orthography of today's Persian
texts is governed is another aspect to be examined here.

The most important conclusion to be drawn from the present study is that
there is a strong tendency towards approving reform proposals that can be
integrated with the present orthography, and maintain the present
appearance of Persian orthography as much as possible. One of the main
reasons behind this tendency is the concern of an interruption in cultural
continuity in the event of an alphabet reform or any other drastic change
in the present appearance of the orthography. This concern takes into
account the political, social, cultural, structural, and economic
conditions in Iran, as well as the complexity of language planning projects.


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