Document Type

Book Chapter

Date of this Version

2012

Publication Source

Language Policy and Language Conflict in Afghanistan and Its Neighbors: The Changing Politics of Language Choice

Start Page

2

Last Page

12

Abstract

The pioneer Western investigator of the languages of Afghanistan, Georg Morgenstierne, who began his work in 1924, called Afghanistan linguistically “one of the most interesting countries on earth.” Linguistic work by local scholars began in the following generation. When one of us [Spooner] first met Dr. A. G. Ravan Farhadi (the author of Le Persan Parlé en Afghanistan, 1953) in Kabul in 1972, he announced that in the latest count the number of languages known in Afghanistan had reached 48.

Comments

This is a selection from the introduction to Language Policy and Language Conflict in Afghanistan and Its Neighbors: The Changing Politics of Language Choice.

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Date Posted: 28 October 2016