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Phonetics and Phonology in Avestan and Beyond (Atelier-Workshop)

Wednesday 9 March 2016

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25-26 april 2016
Lieu / Venue : EPHE, 190 Av. de France, salle 640

Organisation & Information
Agnes Korn (
Program & Abstracts



The Workshop will address the relation of phonology and phonetics in Avestan and neighbouring languages such as Old Indic, Old Persian and Middle Iranian. Being limited to written sources, the study of these languages necessarily starts from the graphemic representation that the scripts offer, which vary considerably as to their approach to phonetics and phonology. Accordingly, many academic works (including text editions) on Avestan and neighbouring languages show either a mixture of phonological and phonetic rendering of the language or a more transliteration-based approach. For a better view on the Avestan data, the workshop will take a broader view and include also discussion of neighbouring languages to shed light on differences and shared features of representation of phonetics and phonology of these languages in their orthographies. Additional information can be gained from loanwords which could shed light on the pronunciation of the donor language (for instance, Avestan words found in Middle Persian such as the various renderings of Av. aṣ̌a-). The issue is of central importance for Avestan philology and text edition.

A Round-Table discussion will round off the meeting.



Lundi 25 avril 2016

9h30 – 10h30
- Briefing: Current state of Avestological projects of the members of the Network


10h30 – 11h00 : pause café


11h00 – 12h30
- Martin KÜMMEL: Avestan syllable structure: a look from Middle Iranian
- Götz KEYDANA: Evidence for foot structure in Early Vedic
- Armin HOENEN: La statistique des déviations du Yasna


12h30 - 14h00 : déjeuner (buffet sur place)


14h00 – 15h30
- Chiara RIMINUCCI-HEINE: Av. saokā- und av. hu-xṣ̌naoθra- : zwei altiranische Wortstudien
- Almut HINTZE: Proto-Indo-European *h₁u̯es- ‘to be good’ and Avestan vahma-


15h00 – 15h30 : pause café


15h30 – 16h30
- Tim AUFDERHEIDE: Zoroastrian phoneticians?
Reconstructing the phonetic knowledge underlying the transmission of the Avesta
- Salome GHOLAMI: Newly found Avestan manuscripts from Yazd


16h30 - 17h30
- Discussion



Mardi 26 avril 2016

9h30 – 10h30
- Salomé GHOLAMI: Dialectal phonological variations in the colophons
- Michiel DE VAAN: On the orthography and phonology of h


10h30 - 11h00 : pause café


11h00 – 12h30
- Benedikt PESCHL: The transmission of anaptyxis before the endings -bīš and -biiō in Avestan
- Jaime MARTÍNEZ PORRO: The epenthesis before n
- Alberto CANTERA: The use and distribution of the letter ń


12h30 – 13h00
- Closing Discussion


13h00 – 14h30 : déjeuner (buffet sur place)