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Linguistic Geography of Kumaun Himalayas

D.D. Sharma (Author)
Synopsis Linguistic Geography or Areal Linguisties, has, in recent decades, assumed an added significance all over the world, due to its historical andsociology importance. In this work, perhaps for the first times, theareal variants of the item in question have been organized into different areal groups in accordance with their converging and diverging points, along with explanatory notes on their salient phonological and morphophonemic features, besides kthegeographical distribution of their correlates. In addition to this preferences of are alvariants with regard to their syntactic usages and semantic connotations, too have, adequately, been pointed out. Similarly, Centro-eastern Pahari correlates, with their own areal variants, too, have been given to determine the position of the items ink question and their inter-relationship with regard to these neighbouring languages, viz., Nepali and Garhawali. Moreover, this micro level presentation of bewildering areal variants of various phonological and morphological elements may be called a treand setter and model for the researchers in the field of dialectology and linguistic geography. As such this work, besides serving as a guide to similar studies in other Indian languages, can profitably, be utilized for historical and comparative studies of the ‘Dardo-Pahari’ group of the Himalayan Language, being spoken in the sub-Himalayan regions from Nepal in the east to the J 7 K state in the west.
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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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Title Linguistic Geography of Kumaun Himalayas
Author D.D. Sharma
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1994
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8170995299
length iv+294p., Tables; Map; References; Appendices; 21cm