A Corpus based Orthographic and Morphosyntactic Description of the New Persian of the 16th–18th Centuries
The period of the 16th to the 18th century, is an important era for Persian linguistic evolution; a transitional period that links the late Classical Persian of the 14th–15th centuries with Modern Persian. During this period, Persian was the literary language and lingua franca of a vast area stretching from Anatolia to China and the Indo-Pakistan Subcontinent, and from Central Asia to Afghanistan and Iran. A detailed and corpus based linguistic description of the New Persian of this period is therefore of great importance, not only for understanding of the lost link between late Classical Persian and Modern Persian, but also for understanding the dialectal variations in the period. The purpose of this project is to finish and to extend my linguistic description of the New Persian of the 17th century and to provide a detailed orthographic and morphosyntactic description of the language of this period, with a focus on language changes and dialectal variations caused by language contact. The corpus used in this study will include four historiographical works from each of the three above-mentioned regions—India, Central Asia and the Safavid Iran. The morphosyntactic description will be done within the framework of a structural-functional approach. The result will be published in book form. The book will be of great benefit for further manuscript studies and text edition projects.