• A Neo-Aramaic Version of a Kurdish Folktale

    Author(s):
    Charles Häberl (see profile)
    Date:
    2020
    Subject(s):
    Folklore, Aramaic, Near Eastern languages and cultures, Middle Eastern languages, Comparative semitic linguistics
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Turoyo, Neo-Aramaic, Kurdish, Kurdish Folklore, Animal Tales
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/rymz-1p60
    Abstract:
    Versions of the folktale Zêrka Zêra (in Kurdish)/Stērka Zerá (in Ṭuroyo) circulate throughout southeastern Anatolia. The story belongs to a widely-disseminated tale type, the ‘Bear's Wife’, which concerns a young woman who is abducted by a bear (or other wilderness creature) and is forced to spawn and rear his children before escaping or being rescued. The following Ṭuroyo version was recorded during the 2018 winter field season of the Russian expedition to Ṭur Abdin in the village of Ḥaḥ/Anıtlı from a speaker of the dialect of Bequsyone. It represents the first scholarly publication not only of the Ṭuroyo version, but of any version of this folktale. In addition to the folktale and a translation, the study includes a glossary of the vocabulary used within the text, reflecting some Ṭuroyo words that have not been documented elsewhere. The paper also discusses the motifs of the Stērka Zerá folktale according to the standard classification scheme of folk motifs.
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    Metadata:
    Published as:
    Journal article    
    Status:
    Scheduled
    Last Updated:
    3 months ago
    License:
    All Rights Reserved

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