Hazard, H. W. (ed.) / The fourteenth and fifteenth centuries
A Note on Transliteration and Nomenclature, pp. xvii-xx PDF (1.4 MB)
xx A NOTE ON TRANSLITERATION AND NOMENCLATURE nizable. Omission of the definite article from personal names was considered but eventually disapproved. Armenian presented great difficulties: the absence of an authorita tive reference source for spelling names, the lack of agreement on transliteration, and the sound-shift by which classical and eastern Armenian b, d, g became western Armenian p, t, k and—incredible as it may seem to the unwary—vice versa, similar reciprocal interchanges involved ts and dz, and ch and j. The following alphabet represents western Armenian letters, with eastern variants in parentheses: a, p (b), k (g), t (d), e, z, e, i, e, i, t, zh, i, 1, kh, dz (ts), g (k), h, ts (dz), gh, j (ch), m, y, n, sh, o, ch, b (p), ch (j), r, s, y, d (t), r, ts, u or v, p, k, o, k, o, f. Many spellings are based on the Armenian texts in the Recueil des historiens des croisades. In standardizing names of groups, the correct root forms in the respective languages have been identified, with the ending "-id" for dynasties and their peoples but "-ite" for sects, and with plural either identical with singular (as Kirghiz) or plus "-s" (Khazars) or "-es" (Uzes). In cases where this sounded hopelessly awkward, it was abandoned (Muwahhids, not Muwahliidids or Muwahhidites, and certainly not Almohads, which is, however, cross-referenced). The use of place names is explained in the note preceding the gazetteer, but may be summarized by saying that in general the most familiar correct form is used in the text and maps, normally an English version of the name by which the place was known to Europeans during the crusades. Variant forms are given and identi fied in the gazetteer. Despite conscientious efforts to perfect the nomenclature, errors will probably be detected by specialists; they are to be blamed on me and not on individual contributors or editorial colleagues, for I have been accorded a free hand. Justifiable suggestions for improvements will be welcomed, and used to bring succeeding volumes nearer that elusive goal, impeccability in nomenclature. HARRY W. HAZARD [Princeton, New Jersey, 1962] Reprinted from Volume I, with minor modifications.
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