Research seminars – The Norwegian Institute of Philology (PHI)
The Norwegian Institute of Philology organises weekly philological research seminars where we read ancient and classical texts in a number of languages. Please write to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or if you are interested in participating. If you want to register as a student, follow the information on the main seminar page. Seminars are included in programs where students are awarded between 30 and 60 ECTS credits in each program, based on a written assignment (essay/term paper).
SEMINAR HØSTEN 2020:
PASHTO LANDEYS IN THE MORGENSTIERNE COLLECTION
PARTICIPATION IN THIS SEMINAR GIVES ACCESS TO REGISTER FOR AN EXAM IN ONE OF THE FOLLOWING COURSE CODES (15 ECTS):
During his extensive study of the Indo-Iranian languages in Afghanistan and adjacent areas, the Norwegian comparative philologist Georg Morgenstierne (1892-1978) recorded language materials of various kinds. The collection, now in the National Library of Norway (Nasjonalbiblioteket), also contains specimens of the poetic genre known as landey, collected in Afghanistan in the 1920s.
Landey is a popular genre of Afghan folk poetry, mostly attributed to women. The Pashto word landey (لڼډۍ) means ‘short’ and probably refers both to the simple two-line form of the poems and the succinct imagery often conveyed.
As part of a project to edit and publish Morgenstierne's collected landeys, we read the original poems in Pashto and discuss their meaning and possible English translations. Read more about the Landey Project.