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Samples of Khorramshahr Neo-Mandaic

I am pleased to announce that The Neo-Mandaic Dialect of Khorramshahr has been accepted for publication by Otto Harrassowitz Verlag. Consequently, I must remove all portions of the grammar to be published from this website. I am in the process of applying for a grant from the National Sciences Foundation to continue my work in Neo-Mandaic and find more material to place online. In the meantime, I will be adding to the MP3 files of the texts found in the dissertation here.

Texts from The Neo-Mandaic Dialect of Khorramshahr (Harrassowitz, in press)

  • Text I - Speech delivered by Nasser Sobbi at Harvard University, 13 June 1999.
    Recording Made 13 June 2003 - MP3 PDF
  • Text II - Anecdote about Lady Drower from Nasser Sobbi's youth.
    Recording made 13 December 2003 - MP3 PDF
  • Text III - Account of two trips to Shushtar
    Recording made 13 December 2003 - MP3 PDF
  • Text IV - Iraqi version of the Bridge of Shushtar, as retold by Nasser Sobbi
    Recording made 27 March 2004 - MP3 PDF
  • Text V - The city of mice who eat iron (from Kalila wa-Dimna)
    Recording made 7 November 2004 - MP3 PDF
  • Texts VI - An overheard prayer
    Recording made 7 November 2004 - MP3 PDF
  • Texts VII - Two hashish fiends
    Recording made 7 November 2004 - MP3 PDF
  • Texts VIII - The bathhouse patron
    Recording made 7 November 2004 - MP3 PDF
  • Texts VI-X - The liar outdone
    Recording made 7 November 2004 - MP3 PDF
  • Texts VI-X - Joha and the cooking pot
    Recording made 7 November 2004 - MP3 PDF

Lexicon

The NSF proposal, if funded, would allow me to expand the 500-term lexicon in The Neo-Mandaic Dialect of Khorramshahr to a proper dictionary of the language of 5,000 terms or more, incorporating all of the material thus far published (and some material that has remained unpublished). Here is a Swadesh list of 207 terms.

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