Persian Writing History Essay

all the great books people in New York City read, please.andan American one, pleaseWhere are your parents, young lady?When you are older you will care less about things.refugee, resident alien, political asylumimmigrant, foreigner

TheMarket Guide for Young Writers, Ghosts. Victorian girls, maybe ones with tough names. Easter bunnies that are homicidalBunniculaCandy. White girls. More white girls.

writing workshopsLos Angeles. The devil. Literary theory. Art. The East Village. White men. And more white men.Iranian Studies fieldsfields

but why don’t you write what you know?writing what I know was never my thing, Math. Chaos theory. Rape.Dogs. Suicidal people. Suicidal people with dogs. 9/11


Miss Literary Iranian-AmericaFirst Iranian-American novelist

But about Iranian-AmericansLook, you did that to yourself, it’s all in your novelfair enough

writing what I know was never my thing,


serviceService? Service.

Thirtysomethingyes of courseservice

but we’re big fans of your essays, so can you make it an essay not a review


Hip hop? White girls? Bars? Wars?

I feel like they’re ripping you off,

refugee, resident alien, political asylumimmigrant, foreigner

End by thinking about anything yourself

One word: Run. Run with everything you got, dear reader.

love. Love.

Thank you, I think I know what to do.

Originally a Semitic writing system, the modern day Perso-Arabic script has retained two essential features:

  • It is written from right to left (compare it, for example, with Hebrew, another Semitic script). In Arabic this writing system has 28 characters; in Persian, 32 (as there are no p, ch, zh, and g, in Arabic). With the addition of the hamze (the glottal stop, which is exclusively used in the transcription of the loan-words from Arabic) there are 33 characters in Persian.
  • It is a consonantal writing system; that is, a system in which the short vowels are not included. Instead, diacritics may be used above or below a character to apply a short vowel to it. However, these diacritics are hardly ever used, with the exception of the holy Qurān, which is supposed to be read properly (i.e., with words pronounced correctly), otherwise it would lose its magical and spiritual powers.

In addition, Persian shares a particular feature with many other Indo-European languages: the historical orthography—that is, spelling words in their original and historical pronounced/written form, regardless of the later developments. Compare that with the English spelling of words such as ‘daughter,’ instead of the hypothetical spelling of the word as dawter for instance, because at one time, this was how the word was pronounced (compare with the German tochter and Persian doxtar). Also compare English ‘light’ and German ‘licht,’ which reflect the presence of a voiceless velar fricative of some sort at some stage of the development of the word. Such Persian words as خواهرxwāhar (pronounce xāhar) reflect an earlier /w/ between the /x/ and /ā/. This /w/ is still pronounced in some northern Iranian dialects, such as the Dari of Afghanistan, etc.

Finally, the Arabic loanwords are spelled as they are written in Arabic, but they are pronounced according to the Persian phonetic system.


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