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Huber, Brigitte, Volkart, Marianne et Widmer, Paul (eds.)

Chomolangma, Demawend und Kasbek. Festschrift für Roland Bielmeier zu seinem 65. Geburtstag. Halle (Saale), International Institute for Tibetan and Buddhist Studies, 2008, 2 vols., XXIII, 754 p. (Beiträge zur Zentralasienforschung, 12, 1-2).

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1To celebrate the 65th birthday of Roland Bielmeier, the known specialist of Tibetan, Iranian and Georgian linguistics at Berne University, a random selection of his friends and colleagues has been called together. What they have to offer to him on that occasion may be found in this two-volume collection with a triad of oronyms as its title. In the Demawend section of vol. II one can read among those concerning the Indo-European world in general a number of papers on Iranian topics:

2D. Durkin-Meisterernst, « Yaghnobi » (p. 413-422), describes the actual sociolinguistic situation of Yaghnobi and compiles a list of verbs not yet recorded in earlier glossaries. –– M. Janda, « Häuser des Mondes: Ein indoiranisches Mythenfragment im avestischen Hymnus an Tištriia–Sirius » (p. 483-503), deduces from the alliterating group of Avest. māh-, maēθana-, miiazda- “the moon, his house, and the offering” Yt. 8, 1 and the relevant Vedic evidence that the conception of lunar mansions is of Proto-Indo-Iranian origin and not only a peculiarity of the Vedic Indo-Aryans. By the way he recognized another inherited phrase overlooked until now in Yt. 8, 2 gušca nąma = RV 1, 84, 15ab gór … nāma “the name of the cow” (p. 496). –– J. Kellens, « Les cosmogonies iraniennes entre héritage et innovation » (p. 505-512), with reference to the differences in the literary genre, the linguistic expression and the theological content doubts C. Watkins’ thesis, that the cosmogonic catalogues attested in Y. 44, 3-7; YH. 37,1 and DNa 1 ff. (etc.) are tokens of an Indo-Iranian hieratic language. –– N. Sims-Williams, « Bactrian Tallies » (p. 525-532), presents a revised edition of the Bactrian documents am1-29 (cf. his Bactrian Documents. I, 2000 [2001], p. 166-169) and the first edition of nine further wooden slips of the same kind (am30–38); and he comments upon them as far as the poor state of preservation allows it. –– P. O. Skjærvø, « The Story of Aži Dahāka in the 9th Book of the Dēnkard and Pahlavi āyēb ‘Blaze, Conflagration’ » (p. 533–549), deals with the exegesis of Y. 51 in the Pahlavi Sūdgar Nask in Dk. 9, 21 as an example of the understanding of the Old Avestan texts in Sasanian times and its typical peculiarity that it starts from individual words occurring in the original; on that occasion he discovered two new words not yet noticed before in Pahlavi: āyēb “fire” (= Man. MPers. āyēb) and the verb āyiftan “set aflame”. –– X. Tremblay, « Les prétendus cas de traitement perse des prépalatales suivies de waw en ossète et l’évolution de la séquence *sf dans les langues iraniennes » (p. 561-575), discusses the development of two consonant-clusters in the Iranian languages, viz. of Indo-Iran. *ć (which in early times had merged with *sp) and of Indo-Iran. *sph, the continuants of which cluster are quite different (fs, f, s, xw) even within the same language; once more he takes up the disputed etymology of Av. xvarәnah- “splendour” (p. 569 ff.), which he had connected with Ved. sphuliṅginī- “one of the seven tongues of the fire” and viṣ puliṅgaká- “spark” already before.

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Rüdiger Schmitt. Huber, Brigitte, Volkart, Marianne et Widmer, Paul (eds.), « Chomolangma, Demawend und Kasbek. Festschrift für Roland Bielmeier zu seinem 65. Geburtstag. Halle (Saale), International Institute for Tibetan and Buddhist Studies, 2008, 2 vols., XXIII, 754 p. (Beiträge zur Zentralasienforschung, 12, 1-2). », Abstracta Iranica [En ligne], Volume 31 | 2011, document 9, mis en ligne le 15 février 2012, consulté le 19 janvier 2018. URL : http://journals.openedition.org/abstractairanica/39099

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