Armenian language

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Armenian
հայերէն/հայերեն hayeren
Pronunciation [hɑjɛˈɾɛn]
Native to Armenian Highlands
Native speakers
8-12 million (ca.2001 – some figures undated)[1]
Indo-European
  • Armenian
Early forms
Standard forms
Armenian alphabet
Armenian Braille
Official status
Official language in
Armenia
Nagorno-Karabakh Republic
Recognised minority
language in
Official (de jure) status:
Semi-official or unofficial (de facto) status
Regulated by Institute of Language (Armenian National Academy of Sciences)[21]
Language codes
ISO 639-1 hy
ISO 639-2 arm (B)
hye (T)
ISO 639-3 Variously:
hye – Modern Armenian
xcl – Classical Armenian
axm – Middle Armenian
Glottolog arme1241[22]
Linguasphere 57-AAA-a
Idioma armenio.png
The Armenian-speaking world:
  regions where Armenian is the language of the majority
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The Armenian language (classical: հայերէն; reformed: հայերեն [hɑjɛˈɾɛn] hayeren) is an Indo-European language spoken by the Armenians. It is the official language of Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. It has historically been spoken throughout the Armenian Highlands and today is widely spoken in the Armenian diaspora. Armenian has its own unique script, the Armenian alphabet, introduced in 405 AD by Mesrop Mashtots.

Armenian is an independent branch of the Indo-European languages.[23] It is of interest to linguists for its distinctive phonological developments within that family. Armenian exhibits more satemization than centumization, although it is not classified as belonging to either of these. Some linguists tentatively conclude that Armenian, Greek (Phrygian), Albanian and Indo-Iranian were dialectally close to each other;[24][25][26][27] within this hypothetical dialect group, Proto-Armenian was situated between Proto-Greek (centum subgroup) and Proto-Indo-Iranian (satem subgroup).[28]

Armenia was a monolingual country by the 2nd century BC at the latest.[29] Its language has a long literary history, with a 5th-century Bible translation as its oldest surviving text. Its vocabulary has been influenced by Western Middle Iranian languages, particularly Parthian, and to a lesser extent by Greek, Persian, and Arabic throughout its history. There are two standardized modern literary forms, Eastern Armenian and Western Armenian, with which most contemporary dialects are mutually intelligible.

Classification and origins[edit]

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History of the Armenian language
Armenian alphabet
Romanization of Armenian

Although the Armenians were known to history much earlier (for example, they were mentioned in the 6th century BC Behistun Inscription and in Xenophon's 4th century BC history, The Anabasis),[30] the oldest surviving Armenian-language text is the 5th century AD Bible translation of Mesrop Mashtots, who created the Armenian alphabet in 405 AD, at which time it had 36 letters. He is also credited by some with the creation of the Caucasian Albanian alphabet. In The Anabasis, Xenophon describes many aspects of Armenian village life and hospitality in around 401 BC. He relates that the Armenian people spoke a language that to his ear sounded like the language of the Persians.[31]

Early contacts[edit]

W. M. Austin (1942) concluded[32] that there was an early contact between Armenian and Anatolian languages, based on what he considered common archaisms, such as the lack of a feminine gender and the absence of inherited long vowels. However, unlike shared innovations (or synapomorphies), the common retention of archaisms (or symplesiomorphy) is not considered conclusive evidence of a period of common isolated development.

Soviet linguist Igor M. Diakonoff (1985)[33] noted the presence in Classical Armenian of what he calls a "Caucasian substratum" identified by earlier scholars, consisting of loans from the Kartvelian and Northeast Caucasian languages. Noting that Hurro-Urartian-speaking peoples inhabited the Armenian homeland in the second millennium BC, Diakonov identifies in Armenian a Hurro-Urartian substratum of social, cultural, and animal and plant terms such as ałaxin "slave girl" ( ← Hurr. al(l)a(e)ḫḫenne), cov "sea" ( ← Urart. ṣûǝ "(inland) sea"), ułt "camel" ( ← Hurr. uḷtu), and xnjor "apple(tree)" ( ← Hurr. ḫinzuri). Some of the terms he gives admittedly have an Akkadian or Sumerian provenance, but he suggests they were borrowed through Hurrian or Urartian. Given that these borrowings do not undergo sound changes characteristic of the development of Armenian from Proto-Indo-European, he dates their borrowing to a time before the written record but after the Proto-Armenian language stage.

Loan words from Iranian languages, along with the other ancient accounts such as that of Xenophon above, initially led linguists to erroneously classify Armenian as an Iranian language. Scholars such as Paul de Lagarde and F. Müller believed that the similarities between the two languages meant that Iranian and Armenian were the same language.[34] The distinctness of Armenian was recognized when philologist Heinrich Hübschmann (1875)[34][35] used the comparative method to distinguish two layers of Iranian loans from the older Armenian vocabulary. He showed that Armenian often had 2 morphemes for the one concept, and the non-Iranian components yielded a consistent PIE pattern distinct from Iranian, and also demonstrated that the inflectional morphology was different from that in Iranian languages.

Graeco-Armenian hypothesis[edit]

Main article: Graeco-Armenian

The hypothesis that Greek is Armenian's closest living relative originates with Holger Pedersen (1924), who noted that the number of Greek-Armenian lexical cognates is greater than that of agreements between Armenian and any other Indo-European language. Antoine Meillet (1925, 1927) further investigated morphological and phonological agreement, postulating that the parent languages of Greek and Armenian were dialects in immediate geographical proximity in the Proto-Indo-European period. Meillet's hypothesis became popular in the wake of his Esquisse (1936). Georg Renatus Solta (1960) does not go as far as postulating a Proto-Graeco-Armenian stage, but he concludes that considering both the lexicon and morphology, Greek is clearly the dialect most closely related to Armenian. Eric P. Hamp (1976, 91) supports the Graeco-Armenian thesis, anticipating even a time "when we should speak of Helleno-Armenian" (meaning the postulate of a Graeco-Armenian proto-language). Armenian shares the augment, and a negator derived from the set phrase Proto-Indo-European language *ne h2oiu kwid ("never anything" or "always nothing"), and the representation of word-initial laryngeals by prothetic vowels, and other phonological and morphological peculiarities with Greek. Nevertheless, as Fortson (2004) comments, "by the time we reach our earliest Armenian records in the 5th century AD, the evidence of any such early kinship has been reduced to a few tantalizing pieces".

Greco-Armeno-Aryan hypothesis[edit]

Main article: Graeco-Aryan

Graeco-(Armeno)-Aryan is a hypothetical clade within the Indo-European family, ancestral to the Greek language, the Armenian language, and the Indo-Iranian languages. Graeco-Aryan unity would have become divided into Proto-Greek and Proto-Indo-Iranian by the mid-third millennium BC. Conceivably, Proto-Armenian would have been located between Proto-Greek and Proto-Indo-Iranian, consistent with the fact that Armenian shares certain features only with Indo-Iranian (the satem change) but others only with Greek (s > h).

Graeco-Aryan has comparatively wide support among Indo-Europeanists for the Indo-European homeland to be located in the Armenian Highlands, the "Armenian hypothesis".[36][37][38][39] Early and strong evidence was given by Euler's 1979 examination on shared features in Greek and Sanskrit nominal flection.[40]

Used in tandem with the Graeco-Armenian hypothesis, the Armenian language would also be included under the label Aryano-Greco-Armenic, splitting into proto-Greek/Phrygian and "Armeno-Aryan" (ancestor of Armenian and Indo-Iranian).[24][25]

Evolution[edit]

Armenian manuscript, 5th–6th century.

Classical Armenian (Arm: grabar), attested from the 5th century to the 12th century, was superseded by Middle Armenian, attested from the 12th century to the 18th century. The classical form borrowed numerous words from Middle Iranian languages, primarily Parthian,[41] and contains smaller inventories of loanwords from Greek,[41] Syriac,[41] Arabic,[42] Mongol,[43] Persian,[44] and indigenous languages such as Urartian. An effort to modernize the language in Bagratid Armenia and the Armenian Kingdom of Cilicia (11–14th centuries) resulted in the addition of two more characters to the alphabet ("օ" and "ֆ"), bringing the total number to 38.[45]

The Book of Lamentations by Gregory of Narek (951–1003) is an example of the development of a literature and writing style in Middle Armenian. In addition to elevating the literary style of the Armenian language, Gregory of Nareg paved the way for his successors to include secular themes in their writings. The thematic shift from mainly religious texts to writings with secular outlooks further enhanced and enriched the vocabulary. “A Word of Wisdom”, a poem by Hovhannes Sargavak devoted to a starling, legitimizes poetry devoted to nature, love, or female beauty. Gradually, the interests of the population at large were reflected in other literary works as well. Konsdantin Yerzinkatsi and several others even take the unusual step of criticizing the ecclesiastic establishment and addressing the social issues of the Armenian homeland. However, these changes represented the nature of the literary style and syntax, but they did not constitute immense changes to the fundamentals of the grammar or the morphology of the language. Often, when writers codify a spoken dialect, other language users are then encouraged to imitate that structure through the literary device known as parallelism.[46]

The Four Gospels, 1495, Portrait of St Mark Wellcome with Armenian inscriptions
First printed Armenian language Bible, 1666

In the 19th century, the traditional Armenian homeland was once again divided. This time Eastern Armenia was conquered from Qajar Iran by the Russian Empire, while Western Armenia, containing two thirds of historical Armenia, remained under Ottoman control. The antagonistic relationship between the Russian and Ottoman empires led to creation of two separate and different environments under which Armenians lived and suffered. Halfway through the 19th century, two important concentrations of Armenian communities were constituted.[47] Because of persecutions or the search for better economic opportunities, many Armenians living under Ottoman rule gradually moved to Constantinople, whereas Tbilisi became the center of Armenians living under Russian rule. These two cosmopolitan cities very soon became the primary poles of Armenian intellectual and cultural life.[48]

The introduction of new literary forms and styles, as well as many new ideas sweeping Europe, reached Armenians living in both regions. This created an ever-growing need to elevate the vernacular, Ashkharhabar, to the dignity of a modern literary language, in contrast to the now-anachronistic Grabar. Numerous dialects developed in the traditional Armenian regions, which, different as they were, had certain morphological and phonetic features in common. On the basis of these features two major variants emerged:

  • Western variant: The influx of immigrants from different parts of the traditional Armenian homeland to Constantinople crystallized the common elements of the regional dialects, paving the way to a style of writing that required a shorter and more flexible learning curve than Grabar.
  • Eastern variant: The Yerevan dialect provided the primary elements of Eastern Armenian, centered in Tbilisi, Georgia. Similar to the Western Armenian variant, the Modern Eastern was in many ways more practical and accessible to the masses than Grabar.

Both centers vigorously pursued the promotion of Ashkharhabar. The proliferation of newspapers in both versions (Eastern & Western) and the development of a network of schools where modern Armenian was taught, dramatically increased the rate of literacy (in spite of the obstacles by the colonial administrators), even in remote rural areas. The emergence of literary works entirely written in the modern versions increasingly legitimized the language’s existence. By the turn of the 20th century both varieties of the one modern Armenian language prevailed over Grabar and opened the path to a new and simplified grammatical structure of the language in the two different cultural spheres. Apart from minor morphological, phonetic, and grammatical differences, the largely common vocabulary and identical rules of grammatical fundamentals allows users of one variant to understand the other easily.[49]

After World War I, the existence of the two modern versions of the same language was sanctioned even more clearly. The Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic (1920–1990) used Eastern Armenian as its official language, whereas the diaspora created after the Armenian Genocide preserved the Western Armenian dialect.

Modern changes[edit]

Armenian language road sign.

The two modern literary dialects, Western (originally associated with writers in the Ottoman Empire) and Eastern (originally associated with writers in the Russian Empire), removed almost all of their Turkish lexical influences in the 20th century, primarily following the Armenian Genocide.

Phonology[edit]

Proto-Indo-European voiceless stop consonants are aspirated in the Proto-Armenian language, one of the circumstances that is often linked to the glottalic theory, a version of which postulated that the voiceless occlusives of Proto-Indo-European were aspirated.[50]

Stress[edit]

In Armenian the stress falls on the last syllable unless the last syllable contains [ə], in which case it falls on the penultimate one. For instance, [ɑχoɾˈʒɑk], [mɑʁɑdɑˈnos], [giˈni] but [vɑˈhɑgən] and [ˈdɑʃtə]. Exceptions to this rule are some words with the final letter է (ե in the reformed orthography) (մի՛թէ, մի՛գուցե, ո՛րեւէ) and sometimes the ordinal numerals (վե՛ցերորդ, տա՛սներորդ, etc.).

Vowels[edit]

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Modern Armenian has six monophthongs. Each vowel phoneme in the table is represented by three symbols. The first indicates the phoneme's pronunciation in the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). After that appears the corresponding letter of the Armenian alphabet. The last symbol is its Latin transliteration (according to ISO 9985).

Armenian vowel phonemes[51]
Front Central Back
Close i
ի
i
u
ու
u
Mid ɛ
ե, է
e, ē
ə
ը
ë
ɔ
ո, օ
o, ò
Open     ɑ
ա
a

Consonants[edit]

The following table lists the Eastern Armenian consonantal system. The occlusives and affricates have a special aspirated series (transcribed with an apostrophe after the letter): p’, t’, c’, k’ (but č). Each phoneme in the table is represented by three symbols. The first indicates the phoneme's pronunciation in the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), after that appears the corresponding letter of the Armenian alphabet, and the last symbol is its Romanization according to ISO 9985 (1996).

Eastern Armenian consonant phonemes[52]
Labials Dental/
Alveolar
Postalveolar Palatal Velar Uvular Glottal
Nasal /m/ մ – m /n/ ն – n [ŋ]
Stop voiceless /p/ պ – p /t/ տ – t /k/ կ – k
voiced /b/ բ – b /d/ դ – d /ɡ/ գ – g
aspirated /pʰ/ փ – p’ /tʰ/ թ – t’ /kʰ/ ք – k’
Affricate voiceless /t͡s/ ծ – ç /t͡ʃ/ ճ – č̣
voiced /d͡z/ ձ – j /d͡ʒ/ ջ – ǰ
aspirated /t͡sʰ/ ց – c’ /t͡ʃʰ/ չ – č
Fricative voiceless /f/ ֆ – f /s/ ս – s /ʃ/ շ – š /x ~ χ/1 խ – x /h/ հ – h
voiced /v/ վ – v /z/ զ – z /ʒ/ ժ – ž /ɣ ~ ʁ/1 ղ – ġ
Approximant [ʋ] /l/ լ – l /j/ յ – y
Trill /r/ ռ – ṙ
Flap /ɾ/ ր – r
  1. Sources differ on the place of articulation of these consonants.

The major phonetic difference between dialects is in the reflexes of Classical Armenian voice-onset time. The seven dialect types have the following correspondences, illustrated with the t–d series:[53]

Correspondence in initial position
Indo-European *d * *t
Sebastia d
Erevan t
Istanbul d
Kharpert, Middle Armenian d t
Malatya, SWA d
Classical Armenian, Agulis, SEA t d
Van, Artsakh t

Morphology[edit]

Armenian corresponds with other Indo-European languages in its structure, but it shares distinctive sounds and features of its grammar with neighboring languages of the Caucasus region. Armenian is rich in combinations of consonants.[54][55] Both classical Armenian and the modern spoken and literary dialects have a complicated system of noun declensions, with six or seven noun cases but no gender. In modern Armenian the use of auxiliary verbs to show tense (comparable to will in "he will go") has generally supplemented the inflected verbs of Classical Armenian. Negative verbs are conjugated differently from positive ones (as in English "he goes" and "he does not go"). Grammatically, early forms of Armenian had much in common with classical Greek and Latin, but the modern language, like modern Greek, has undergone many transformations. With time the Armenian language made a transition from a synthetic language (Classical Armenian) to a typical analytic language (Modern Armenian), with Middle Armenian as a midpoint in this transition.

Noun[edit]

Classical Armenian has no grammatical gender, not even in the pronoun, but there is a feminine suffix (-ուհի "-uhi"). For example, ուսուցիչ (usuts'ich, "teacher") becomes ուսուցչուհի (usuts'chuhi, female teacher). This suffix, however, does not have a grammatical effect on the sentence. The nominal inflection, however, preserves several types of inherited stem classes. Nouns are declined for one of seven cases: nominative, accusative, locative, genitive, dative, ablative, or instrumental.

Examples of noun declensions
Հեռախոս Heṙaxos (telephone)
Case Singular Plural
Nominative (uxxakan) հեռախոս(ը-ն)* heṙaxos(ë-n)* հեռախոսներ(ը-ն)* heṙaxos-ner(ë-n)*
Accusative (haycakan) հեռախոսը(-ն)* heṙaxosë(-n)* հեռախոսները(-ն)* heṙaxos-nerë(-n)*
Genitive (serakan) հեռախոսի heṙaxosi հեռախոսների heṙaxos-neri
Dative (trakan) հեռախոսին heṙaxosin հեռախոսներին heṙaxos-nerin
Ablative (bacarakan) հեռախոսից heṙaxosic̕ հեռախոսներից heṙaxos-neric̕
Instrumental (gorciakan) հեռախոսով heṙaxosov հեռախոսներով heṙaxos-nerov
Locative (nergoyakan) հեռախոսում heṙaxosowm հեռախոսներում heṙaxos-nerowm
Մայր Mayr (mother)
Case Singular Plural
Nominative (uxxakan) մայր(ը-ն)* mayr(ë-n)* մայրեր(ը-ն)* mayr-er(ë-n)*
Accusative (haycakan) մայրը(-ն)* mayrë(-n)* մայրերը(-ն)* mayr-erë(-n)*
Genitive (serakan) մոր mor մայրերի mayr-eri
Dative (trakan) մորը(-ն)* morë(-n)* մայրերին mayr-erin
Ablative (bacarakan) մորից moric̕ մայրերից mayr-eric̕
Instrumental (gorciakan) մորով morov մայրերով mayr-erov
Locative (nergoyakan) - -

Animated nouns do not decline for locative case.

Հանրապետություն Hanrapetut’yun (republic)
Case Singular Plural
Nominative (uxxakan) հանրապետություն(ը-ն)* հանրապետություններ(ը-ն)*
Accusative (haycakan) հանրապետությունը(-ն)* հանրապետությունները(-ն)*
Genitive (serakan) հանրապետության հանրապետությունների
Dative (trakan) հանրապետությանը(-ն)* հանրապետություններին
Ablative (bacarakan) հանրապետությունից հանրապետություններից
Instrumental (gorciakan) հանրապետությամբ հանրապետություններով
Locative (nergoyakan) հանրապետությունում հանրապետություններում

Verb[edit]

Main article: Armenian verbs

Verbs in Armenian have an expansive system of conjugation with two main verb types (three in Western Armenian) changing form based on tense, mood and aspect.

Dialects[edit]

Map of the Armenian dialects in early 20th century:
  -owm dialects, nearly corresponding to Eastern Armenian
  -el dialects (intermediate)
  -gë dialects, nearly corresponding to Western Armenian

Armenian is a pluricentric language, having two modern standardized forms: Eastern Armenian and Western Armenian. The most distinctive feature of Western Armenian is that it has undergone several phonetic mergers; these may be due to proximity to Arabic- and Turkish-speaking communities.

For example, Eastern Armenian speakers pronounce (թ) as an aspirated "t" as in "tiger", (դ) like the "d" in "develop", and (տ) as a tenuis occlusive, sounding somewhere between the two as in "stop." Western Armenian has simplified the occlusive system into a simple division between voiced occlusives and aspirated ones; the first series corresponds to the tenuis series of Eastern Armenian, and the second corresponds to the Eastern voiced and aspirated series. Thus, the Western dialect pronounces both (թ) and (դ) as an aspirated "t" as in "tiger", and the (տ) letter is pronounced like the letter "d" as in "develop".

There is no precise linguistic border between one dialect and another because there is nearly always a dialect transition zone of some size between pairs of geographically identified dialects.

Armenian can be divided into two major dialectal blocks and those blocks into individual dialects, though many of the Western Armenian dialects have become extinct due to the effects of the Armenian Genocide. In addition, neither dialect is completely homogeneous: any dialect can be subdivided into several subdialects. Although Western and Eastern Armenian are often described as different dialects of the same language, some subdialects are not readily mutually intelligible. Nevertheless, a fluent speaker of one of two greatly varying dialects who is exposed to the other dialect for even a short period of time will be able to understand the other with relative ease.

Examples
English Eastern Armenian Western Armenian
Yes Ayo (այո) Ayo (այո)
No Voč' (ոչ) Voč' (ոչ)
Excuse me Neroġout'ioun (ներողություն) Neroġout'ioun (ներողութիւն)
Hello Barev (բարև) Parev (բարեւ)
How are you (formal) Inčpes ek (ինչպէ՞ս էք) Inč'bes ek (ինչպէ՞ս էք)
How are you (informal) Inč' ka č'ka (ի՞նչ կա չկա) Inč' ga č'ga (ի՞նչ կայ չկայ)
Please Khntrem (խնդրեմ) Khntrem (խնդրեմ), Hadjiss (հաճիս)
Thank you Šnorhakal em (շնորհակալ եմ) Šnorhagal em (շնորհակալ եմ)
Thank you very much Šat šnorhakal em (շատ շնորհակալ եմ) Šad šnorhagal em (շատ շնորհակալ եմ)
Welcome (to a place) Bari galoust (բարի գալուստ) singular: Pari yegar (բարի եկար)
plural or polite: Pari yegak' (բարի եկաք)
Welcome (as a response to 'thank you') Khntrem (խնդրեմ) Khntrem (խնդրեմ)
Goodbye C'tesout'ioun (ցտեսություն) C'desout'ioun (ցտեսութիւն)
Good morning Bari louys (բարի լույս) Pari louys (բարի լոյս)
Good afternoon Bari òr (բարի օր) Pari ges òr (բարի կէս օր)
Good evening Bari yereko (բարի երեկո) Pari irigoun (բարի իրիկուն)
Good night Bari gišer (բարի գիշեր) Kišer pari (գիշեր բարի)
I love you Yes k'ez siroum em (ես քեզ սիրում եմ) Yes ëzk'ez gë sirem (ես զքեզ կը սիրեմ)
I am Armenian Yes hay em (ես հայ եմ) Yes hay em (ես հայ եմ)
I miss you (Eastern) / I missed you (Western) Yes k'ez karotum em (ես քեզ կարոտում եմ) Yes k'ez garodtser em (ես քեզ կարօտցեր եմ)

Other distinct varieties include Homshetsi, spoken by the Hemshin people, and the divergent and almost extinct Lomavren language of the Lom people,[56] the latter is a mixed language and hence does not belong to the Armenian language family.

Orthography[edit]

Armenian keyboard layout using the Armenian alphabet.

The Armenian alphabet (Armenian: Հայոց գրեր Hayots grer or Հայոց այբուբեն Hayots aybuben) is a graphically unique alphabetical writing system that is used to write the Armenian language. It was introduced around 405 AD by Mesrop Mashtots, an Armenian linguist and ecclesiastical leader, and originally contained 36 letters. Two more letters, օ (o) and ֆ (f), were added in the Middle Ages. During the 1920s orthography reform, a new letter և (capital ԵՎ) was added, which was a ligature before ե+ւ, whereas the letter Ւ ւ was discarded and reintroduced as part of a new letter ՈՒ ու (which was a digraph before).

Indo-European cognates[edit]

Armenian is an Indo-European language, so many of its Proto-Indo-European-descended words are cognates of words in other Indo-European languages such as English, Latin, Greek, and Sanskrit. This table lists only some of the more recognizable cognates that Armenian shares with English (more specifically, with English words descended from Old English). (Source: Online Etymology Dictionary.[57])

Armenian English Latin Persian Classical and Hellenistic Greek Sanskrit Russian Old Irish PIE
մայր mayr "mother" mother ( ← OE mōdor) māter "mother" مادر mɒdær "mother" μήτηρ mētēr "mother" मातृ mātṛ "mother" мать mat' máthair "mother" *máH₂ter- "mother"
հայր hayr "father" father ( ← OE fæder) pater "father" پدر pedær "father" πατήρ patēr "father" पितृ pitṛ "father" athair "father" *pH₂tér- "father"
եղբայր eġbayr "brother" brother ( ← OE brōþor) frāter "brother" برادر bærɒdær "brother" φράτηρ phrātēr "brother" भ्रातृ bhrātṛ "brother" брат brat bráthair "brother" *bʱráH₂ter- "brother"
դուստր dustr "daughter" daughter ( ← OE dohtor) (Oscan futrei "daughter") دختر doxtær "daughter" θυγάτηρ thugatēr "daughter" दुहितृ duhitṛ "daughter" дочь doč' der, Dar- "daughter (of)" *dʱugH₂-tér- "daughter"
կին kin "woman" queen ( ← OE cwēn "queen, woman, wife") کیانه kianæ "woman, wife" γυνή gunē "a woman, a wife" ग्ना gnā/ जनि jani "woman" жена žena "wife" ben "woman" *gʷén-eH₂- "woman, wife"
իմ im "my" my, mine ( ← OE min) me-us, -a, -um etc. "my" من/ـم mæn/æm "my" ἐμ-ός, -ή, -όν em-os, , -on etc. "my, of mine" मम mama "my" мой moy mo "my, me" *mene- "my, mine"
անուն anun "name" name ( ← OE nama) nōmen "name" نام nɒm "name" ὄνομα onoma "name" नामन् nāman "name" имя im'a ainm "name" *H₁noH₃m-n̥- "name"
ութ utʿ "8" eight ( ← OE eahta) octō "eight" هشت hæʃt "eight" ὀκτώ oktō "eight" अष्ट aṣṭa "eight" во́семь vosem' ocht "eight" *H₁oḱtō(u) "eight"
ինն inn "9" nine ( ← OE nigon) novem "nine" نه noh "nine" ἐννέα ennea "nine" नवन् navan "nine" де́вять dev'at' noí "nine" *(H₁)néwn̥ "nine"
տաս tas "10" ten ( ← OE tien) ( ← P.Gmc. *tekhan) decem "ten" ده dæh "ten" δέκα deka "ten" दश daśa "ten" де́сять des'at' deich "ten" *déḱm̥ "ten"
աչք ačʿkʿ "eye" eye ( ← OE ēge) oculus "eye" چشم tʃæʃm "eye" ὀφθαλμός ophthalmos "eye" अक्षि akṣi "eye" око oko *H₃okʷ- "to see"
արմունկ armunk "elbow" arm ( ← OE earm "joined body parts below shoulder") armus "shoulder" آرنج ɒrendʒ "elbow" ἄρθρον arthron "a joint" ईर्म īrma "arm" рамо ramo "shoulder" (archaic) *H₁ar-mo- "fit, join (that which is fitted together)"
ծունկ cunk[58] "knee" knee ( ← OE cnēo) genū "knee" زانو zɒnu "knee" γόνυ gonu "knee" जानु jānu "knee" glún "knee" *ǵénu- "knee"
ոտք otkʿ "foot" foot ( ← OE fōt) pedis "foot" پا، پای pɒ, pɒj "foot" πούς pous "foot" पाद् pād "foot" (Gaul. ades "feet") *pod-, *ped- "foot"
սիրտ sirt "heart" heart ( ← OE heorte) cor "heart" دل del "heart" καρδία kardia "heart" हृदय hṛdaya "heart" се́рдце serdce cride "heart" *ḱerd- "heart"
կաշի kaši "skin" hide ( ← OE hȳdan "animal skin cover") cutis "skin" پوست pust "skin" κεύθω keuthō "I cover, I hide" कुटीर kuṭīra "hut" кожа koža (Welsh cudd "hiding place") *keu- "to cover, conceal"
մուկ muk "mouse" mouse ( ← OE mūs) mūs "mouse" موش musc "mouse" μῦς mūs "mouse" मूष् mūṣ "mouse" мышь myš' *muH₁s- "mouse, small rodent"
կով kov "cow" cow ( ← OE ) bos "cow" گاو gɒv "cow" βοῦς bous "cow" गो go "cow" говядина gov'adina "beef" "cow" *gʷou- "cow"
շուն šun "dog" hound ( ← OE hund "hound, dog") canis "hound, dog" سگ sæg "dog" κύων kuōn "hound, dog" श्वन् śvan "dog" сука suka "bitch" "dog" *ḱwon- "hound, dog"
տարի tari "year" year ( ← OE gēar) hōrnus "of this year" یاره، سال jɒre, sɒl[59] "year" ὥρα hōra "time, year" यरे yare[59] "year" яра jara "springtime" (archaic) *yeH₁r- "year"
ամիս amis "month" moon, month ( ← OE mōnaþ) mēnsis "month" ماه mɒh "moon, month" μήν mēn "moon, month" मास māsa "moon, month" месяц mes'ac "month" *meH₁ns- "moon, month"
ամառ amaṙ "summer" summer ( ← OE sumor) समा samā "season" saṃ "summer" *sem- "hot season of the year"
ջերմ ǰerm "warm" warm ( ← OE wearm) formus "warm" گرم gærm "warm" θερμός thermos "warm" घर्म gharma "heat" жарко žarko "hot" geirid "warm (v)" *gʷʰerm- "warm"
լույս luys "light" light ( ← OE lēoht "brightness") lux "light" روز ruz "day" λευκός leukos "bright, shining, white" लोक loka "shining" луч luč' "beam" lóch "bright" *leuk- "light, brightness"
հուր hur "flame" fire ( ← OE fȳr) (Umbrian pir "fire") آذر، آدور ɒzær, ɒdur "fire" πῦρ pur "fire" पु pu "fire" *péH₂wr̥- "fire"
հեռու heṙu "far" far ( ← OE feor "to a great distance") per "through" فرا færɒ "beyond" πέρα pera "beyond" परस् paras "beyond" пере- pere-, про- pro- ír "further" *per- "through, across, beyond"
հեղել heġel "to pour" flow ( ← OE flōwan) pluĕre "to rain" پور pur "pour" πλύνω plunō "I wash" प्लु plu "to swim" плавать plavat' "swim" luí "rudder" *pleu- "flow, float"
ուտել utel "to eat" eat ( ← OE etan) edō "I eat" هور hvor "eat" ἔδω edō "I eat" अद्मि admi "I eat" есть jest' ithid "eat" *ed- "to eat"
գիտեմ gitem "I know" wit ( ← OE wit, witan "intelligence, to know") vidēre "to see" ویده vidæ "knowledge" εἰδέναι eidenai "to know" विद् vid "to know" видеть videt' "see" adfet "tells" *weid- "to know, to see"
գետ get "river" water ( ← OE wæter) (Umbrian utur "water") رود rud "river" ὕδωρ hudōr "water" उदन् udan "water" вода voda uisce "water" (*wodor, *wedor, *uder-) from *wed- "water"
գործ gorc[58] "work " work ( ← OE weorc) urgēre "push, drive" کار kɒr "work" ἔργον ergon "work" वर्चस् varcas "activity" *werǵ- "to work"
մեծ mec[58] "great " much ( ← OE mycel "great, big, many") magnus "great" مه، مهست meh, mæhest "great, large" μέγας megas "great, large" महति mahati "great" много mnogo "many" maige "great, mighty" *meǵ- "great"
անծանոթ ancanotʿ[58] "stranger, unfamiliar" unknown[60] ( ← OE uncnawen) ignōtus[60] "unknown" ἄγνωστος agnōstos[60] "unknown" अज्ञात ajñāta[60] "unfamiliar" незнакомый neznakomyj *n- + *ǵneH₃- "not" + "to know"
մեռած meṙac "dead" murder ( ← OE morþor) mors "death" مرگ mærg "death" / مرده morde "dead" βροτός brotos "mortal" मृत mṛta "dead" мертвый mertvyj marb "dead" *mrtro-, from (*mor-, *mr-) "to die"
միջին miǰin "middle" mid, middle ( ← OE mid, middel) medius "middle" میان miɒn "middle" μέσος mesos "middle" मध्य madhya "middle" между meždu "between" mide "middle" *medʱyo- from *me- "mid, middle"
այլ ayl "other" else ( ← OE elles "other, otherwise, different") alius "other" ἄλλος allos "other, another" अन्य anya "other" aile "other" *al- "beyond, other"
նոր nor "new" new ( ← OE nīwe) novus "new" نو now "new" νέος neos "new" नव nava "new" новый novyj núae "new" *néwo- "new"
դուռ duṙ "door" door ( ← OE dor, duru) fores "door" در dær "door" θύρα thurā "door" द्वार dvāra "door" дверь dver' dorus "door" *dʱwer- "door, doorway, gate"
տուն tun "house" timber ( ← OE timber "trees used for building material, structure") domus "house" مان، خانه mɒn, xɒne "home" δόμος domos "house" दम dama "house" дом dom dún "fort" (Welsh dinas "city") *domo-, *domu- "house"
բերրի berri, berel "fertile, to carry" bear ( ← OE beran "give birth, carry") ferre "to bear" بردن، برـ bordæn, bær- "to bear, carry" φέρειν pherein "to bear, carry" भरति bharati "he/she/it carries" брать brat' "to take" beirid "carry" *bʱer- "to bear, to carry"

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Although Armenian has no legal status in Samtske-Javakheti, it is widely spoken by the Armenian population, which is concentrated in Ninotsminda and Akhalkalaki districts (over 90% of the total population in these two districts).[8] The Georgian government fully funds around 144 Armenian school in the region (as of 2010).[9][10]
  2. ^ Various state government agencies in California provide Armenian translations of their documents, namely the California Department of Social Services,[11] California Department of Motor Vehicles,[12] California superior courts.[13] In the city of Glendale, there are street signs in Armenian.[14][15]
  3. ^ The Lebanese government recognizes Armenian as a minority language,[16] particularly for educational purposes.[17][18]
  4. ^ In education, according to the Treaty of Lausanne[19][20]

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  58. ^ a b c d The letter ⟨c⟩ represents /ts/. In the Armenian words cunk, gorc, mec, and ancanotʿ, it corresponds to PIE *ǵ-.
  59. ^ a b The word "yare" (year) in the Persian and Sanskrit columns is actually from an Indo-Iranian sister language called Avestan.
  60. ^ a b c d The prefix for "not" in English is "un-", "i(n)-" in Latin, "a(n)- or nē-" in Greek and "a(n)-" in Sanskrit, which correspond to the PIE *n-.

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Further reading[edit]

  • Adjarian, Herchyah H. (1909) Classification des dialectes arméniens, par H. Adjarian. Paris: Honoro Champion.
  • Clackson, James. 1994. The Linguistic Relationship Between Armenian and Greek. London: Publications of the Philological Society, No 30. (and Oxford: Blackwell Publishing)
  • Holst, Jan Henrik (2009) Armenische Studien. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz.
  • Mallory, J. P. (1989) In Search of the Indo-Europeans: Language, Archaeology and Myth. London: Thames & Hudson.
  • Vaux, Bert. 1998. The Phonology of Armenian. Oxford: Clarendon Press.
  • Vaux, Bert. 2002. "The Armenian dialect of Jerusalem." in Armenians in the Holy Land. "Louvain: Peters.

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