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Language Policy and Language Conflict in Afghanistan and Its Neighbors: The Changing Politics of Language Choice
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.
Spooner, B. and Schiffman, H. (2012). Afghan Languages in a Larger Context of Central and South Asia. In H. Schiffman (Ed.), Language Policy and Language Conflict in Afghanistan and Its Neighbors: The Changing Politics of Language Choice (pp. 2-12). Leiden, Boston: Brill.
Date Posted: 28 October 2016