By Michael Axworthy
Even supposing often vilified, Iran is a kingdom of serious highbrow style and intensity, and one of many oldest carrying on with civilizations on the earth. Its political impression has been large, not just on its associates within the heart East but additionally during the international. From the time of the prophet Zoroaster, to the robust historic Persian Empires, to the revolution of 1979, the hostage hindrance, and the present standoff over Iran’s nuclear targets, Michael Axworthy vividly narrates the nation’s wealthy background. He explains basically and
carefully either the complicated succession of dynasties that governed historical Iran and the staggering ethnic variety of the fashionable nation, held jointly by means of a standard tradition. With Iran back the focal point of the world’s consciousness, A background of Iran is an important advisor to knowing this risky kingdom.
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2 Sandfeld Sandfeld (1930: 192–193) does not accord a particularly prominent place to object reduplication, citing it together with the merger of ubi/quo ‘where/whither’ as phenomena noted by Miklosich and Seliščev that are not essentiellement balkaniques (191). For the first he notes that it is general Romance (and, we can add, English) and that in Greek it is extremely early. 7 In fact, there is a fundamental difference between Sandfeld’s (192) French example Je le connais, cet homme-là and its Macedonian equivalent Jas go znam onoj čovek/čovekon ‘I know that man there/that-there man’.
In (27bi), pe Radu is new information, but it is not contrastive. To maintain our general line of reasoning then, we are led to admit that clitic doubling is triggered by the pervasive presuppositionality tied to stability of reference (see Hill & Tasmowski, this volume). 2 Clitic doubling as a core syntax phenomenon It is well-known that, across languages, so-called “given” information (as opposed to “new” information) systematically correlates with lack of phonetic prominence, or deaccentuation (Halliday 1967, Ladd 1996, Selkirk 1995, Schwarzschild 1999, among many others).
Victor Friedman’s lead-in article presents a broad descriptive perspective on clitic doubling, pulling together a wide range of facts from an unusually comprehensive list of Balkan languages and their dialects. A central point of the paper is that the geographical distribution of clitic doubling and its degree of integration into the various Balkan linguistic systems arguably reflects different diachronic stages as well as different synchronic systems. As the author puts it “[o]f particular importance is the fact that the phenomenon shows varying degrees of encoding (as pragmatic or grammatical devices) on the basis of areal rather than genealogical relations”.
A History of Iran: Empire of the Mind by Michael Axworthy