Speaker Series

Kurdish, an Understudied Language of the Middle East            

Dr. Michael L. Chyet

Saturday September 12, 2020 2 – 4 pm

This is an entirely virtual program

Dr. Chyet is a renowned expert on Kurmanji, the main dialect of Kurdish. He will talk about the Kurdish language in the context of the Middle East and how he came to create a textbook and dictionary.

About the presenter:

Dr. Michael L. Chyet is a Senior Cataloguer of Persian, Arabic, Kurdish, Azerbaijani, Syriac and Turkish languages at the Library of Congress.   Formerly, he was senior editor of the Kurdish Service of the Voice of America and  professor of Kurdish at the University of Paris and at the Washington Kurdish Institute.

He has written a Kurdish-English dictionary.  He is a skillful linguist who is fluent in several  Middle Eastern languages, including Arabic, Hebrew, PersianTurkish and at least two dialects of Kurdish, both Sorani and Kurmanji, in addition to several other European languages.

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