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Manuscripts and Dialects

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The linguistic research into dialectal aspects of Armenian manuscripts is related to manuscript grouping and may be approached from various angles. Traditionally one identifies non-standard isolated elements in manuscript material and, ideally, assigns it to a dialect feature within Armenian. An overview over deviant linguistic features in the earliest texts and their general dialectal context is given by Gyulbudalyan (1973), Muradyan (1982) and, for the inscriptions, Avagyan (1973). The textual tradition may be defined by studying the use of previous, now obsolete, standardization applied to a text. Manuscripts, or manuscript groups, may themselves act as dialects; their textual tradition may be defined by a combination of linguistic and geographical criteria. This approach is very much related to the activity of manuscript grouping in general; but the arguments adduced for grouping are the presence of fifth century linguistic isoglosses.

Keywords: Armenian; Avagyan; dialects; geographical criteria; Gyulbudalyan; linguistic isoglosses; manuscripts; Muradyan

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