Himalayan Languages and Linguistics gathers together nine outstanding and original contributions on the Tibeto-Burman and Indo-Aryan languages of this important and culturally diverse mountainous area. Filling a marked gap in our understanding of the languages of this underdocumented region, the collection offers a snapshot of the state of the field of Himalayan language research and linguistic comparison. Drawing on primary fieldwork in China, India, Nepal and Pakistan, as well as on comparative sources, the new analyses outlined in these contributions will interest a readership of linguists, philologists, anthropologists, historians, lexicographers and specialists in the languages and cultures of Inner and South Asia. Contributions cover topics as diverse as linguistic palaeontology, orthographical standardisation, dialectology, phonology, morphology, semantics and syntax.
Mark Turin, Ph.D. (2006) in Descriptive Linguistics, Leiden University, is a Research Associate at the University of Cambridge where he directs the Digital Himalaya and World Oral Literature Projects. He writes widely on ethnolinguistics and language policy in Nepal.
Bettina Zeisler, Dr. Phil. (1999) in Indology, Free University Berlin, is currently directing a linguistic research project on Ladakhi verb semantics and valency at the University of Tübingen. Her research interests focus on the grammar and history of Tibetan languages.
All those interested in comparative and descriptive linguistics, language documentation, philology, linguistic anthropology, prehistory and migration, lexicography and scholars specialised in the languages and cultures of Inner and South Asia.