Re: Stones "Lexicon"

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Posted by Steve Price on May 13, 1999 at 09:26:02:

In Reply to: Re: An Even More "Modal" Example posted by R. John Howe on May 13, 1999 at 06:03:59:

Dear John,

Errors in Stone's "Lexicon" are certainly not hard to find within the general area of Turkmen; I've pointed out four of them in an earlier post. In the handout of suggested sources that I use in my course, also reproduced in an earlier post, I have a cautionary statement about the book. The errors make it inadvisable for a beginning beginner to have it, but it is a worthwhile addition to a library that has other sources. It needs a lot of refining to become a good primary reference, and I hope Stone will do a revised edition with some of the errors fixed. I think calling it a "compendium of errors" is the same kind of hyperbole as the quote elsewhere on this board about 75% of the information in rug books being wrong.

Having expressed my reservations about the book, I should also say that I own two copies, one at home and one in my office. I use it as a supplementary source, not as a primary one, and the errors that I've found in it all came to my attention while seeing if the book had anything to add to what I was in the process of writing.


Steve Price

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