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Tribal Languages of Ladakh (Part I)

D.D. Sharma (Author)
Synopsis The present volume on Tribal Languages of Ladakh is the first part of the Vol. VI of series Studies in Tibeto-Himalayan Language. It has been devoted to porok-skad, a little kown tribal language of Brog-yul, in the Himalayan district of Ladakh. The aim of this volume is to present a detailed descriptive account of a language which, due to geographical reasons, has remained unexplored, though occupies an important place among the speeches of Dardic groups, on account of eing the only surviving speech of the Daradas of ancient India in N.W.F.P. and has been able to preserve to a great extent, the order forms of it, which in other speeches of this group have undergone tremendous changes. As such, from the historical point of view too, it has a special significance among the speeches of Tibeto-Himalayan groups in general and among the speeches of Dardic groups in particular. Moreover, it is for the first time that a detailed synchronic analysis of this little known language has been presented through this volume. Besides, in the introductory section of it considerable light has been thrown on historical and comparative aspect of it, viz. on its position among the languages of Dardic groups, igs relationship with Tibeto-Himalayan languages of this region, its relationship with OIA, etc. As such, this volume on prok-shad not only partially fulfils the long standing need of a detailed survey of the speeches of Himalayan region as a whole, but also is sure to provide fresh information on the historical and synchronic linguistic scenario of the western regioins of the Himalayas.
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About the author

D.D. Sharma

Prof. D.D. Sharma (b. 1924) is a renowned scholar of Sanskrit and Linguistics. Besides a PhD in Sanskrit from the Benaras Hindu University, PhD and D.Litt in Linguistics from the Panjab University, Chandigarh - where he served or nearly 28 years - he holds diplomas in French, German and Persian. He also earned the highest Oriental title of Sahityacarya.

Prof. Sharma is well acquainted with nearly two dozen Indian and foreign languages and has to his credit 48 research volumes and scores of research papers on the subjects of different languages, cultures and literatures.

He was awarded the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship (1984-86) to undertake the linguistic survey of the Himalayan languages from Ladakh in the west to Bhutan in the east.

On his retirement (1989), he was awarded Emeritus Fellowship by the UGC for the completion of his 12-volume research project on Himalayan languages, of which 10 volumes have already appeared. He is also working on a 9-volume project on Socio-Cultural History of Uttarakhand, of which 5 volumes have already been published. His ambitious project, Cultural Encyclopaedia of Uttarakhand (5 Vols.) is also under preparation.

The present volume is an outcome of the research project for which he was awarded the Indira Gandhi Memorial Fellowship for the years 2001-2003 by IGNCA.

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Bibliographic information

Title Tribal Languages of Ladakh (Part I)
Author D.D. Sharma
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1998
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8170996163
length xx+185p., Tables; Bibliography; 23cm.