Linguistic Typology: An Iranian Perspective

Mohammad Dabir-Moghaddam 1 ,
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1Allameh Tabataba’i University
Corresponding Author : Mohammad Dabir-Moghaddam, Department of Linguistics, Allameh Tabataba’i University, Chamran Highway, Pol-e Modiriyat, Allameh Tabataba’i Str., Tehran, IRAN Phone: 982188038013; Email:

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Received: Oct 18, 2011; Revised: Nov 23, 2011; Accepted: Dec 12, 2011

Published Online: Jan 01, 2017


The Iranian languages spoken in Iran reveal a very intriguing typological peculiarity. They all strongly benefit from agreement as a typological parameter. In this paper, I will begin with Comrie (1978) in which he has proposed the five possible language types based on case-marking and verb-agreement and will address the status of several varieties of Kurdish, as well as a dialect of Talyshi and Davani with respect to agreement. I will show that type (d), i.e., the Tripartite system in Comrie’s terminology where S, A, and P each has a distinct marking, and type (e), for which he has not proposed any name but is a type in which A and P are identically marked, are highly productive and stable systems in the mentioned Iranian languages. The observations reported have implications for the notion of type, language change, and linguistic variation.

Keywords: agreement system; Kurdish; Talyshi; Davani; clitic



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