Categorization of Minor Pamir Languages in Tajikistan

  • Leyli Dodykhudoeva
Part of the Language Policy book series (LAPO, volume 21)


This paper analyses the nomenclature applied to defining the varieties of Iranian languages in the Republic of Tajikistan, as well as in the Russian Federation. Based on those definitions, we build a system for categorization of these languages in scholarly sociolinguistic, political and media discourses. For that purpose, we trace the impact of international discourse and treaties on language politics signed by those States which influence the development of new approaches and perspectives in the treatment of indigenous ethnic minorities and their mother tongues. We also give an overview of how the processes of globalization and urbanization affect minorities, and the definitions and nomenclature of their vernaculars, as well as their attitudes to their mother tongue in terms of their specific perspectives, values, and identity.


Iranian languages Pamir languages Language minority Language endangerment Language revival Language policy Language legislation Tajikistan 


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  • Leyli Dodykhudoeva
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  1. 1.Institute of Linguistics Russian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussian Federation

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