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Tribal Languages of Himachal Pradesh (Part 2)

D.D. Sharma (Author)
Synopsis This volume on the ‘Tribal Languages of Himachal Pradesh’ is the second part of the volume II of the series Studies in Tibeto-Himalayan Languages. It contains a detailed structural analysis of 4 tribal languages of Himachal Pradeesh, viz. Spitian, Nyamkad, Chhithkuli and Kanashi. The linguistic account presented in it is based on the first hand recording of it from the field itself by a trained linguist. This is the work in which these little known tribal languages have received an unprecedented exhaustive treatment. Like other volumes of this series, this volume too fulfills the longfelt necessity of having a fuller account of the Himalayan tongues which, on account of non-availability of sufficient reliable material, could not had in the L.S.I. Besides, it is also to pave a way for the understanding of the nature and inter=relationship of various tongues currently being spoken throughout the length and breadth of the Himalayan regions of India and neighbouring countries of this sub-continent. Moreover, this work has a potentiality of making a solid contribution to a few fresh areas of linguistic research, such as ‘Contact and Convergence’, ‘South-East Asia as a Linguistic Area’, ‘Contribution of Austro-Asiatic Languages to the Formation of Tibeto-Himalayan Tongues’, Comparative Analyses of various Languages of the T.H. Group and of the languages of the major linguistic groups of the Indian sub-continent, etc. As such the importance of this work is self-evident alike for the students and scholars of linguistics in particular, and of history, culture and anthropology in general.
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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 Himachal Pradesh (Part 2)
Author D.D. Sharma
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1992
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8170991021
length xii+404p., Index; 23cm.