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Title: Local Case-marking in Kalasha
Authors: Petersen, Heegård
Keywords: Indo-European Languages
Indo-Iranian Languages
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: University of Copenhagen
Abstract: This thesis is a detailed study of an essential grammatical phenomenon in the language Kalasha. Kalasha, or Kalashamon as the language is called by the speakers, is an unwritten language that belongs to the Dardic sub-group of the Indo-Aryan languages. It has about 5000-6000 speakers who live in Chitral District, in North West Frontier Province, Pakistan, close to the border to the district Nuristan in North East Afghanistan. Kalasha is not a well-described language. What we have at our disposal is a collection of notes in Morgenstierne (1973b) (although a very insightful collection of notes), an unpublished Ph.D. thesis (Bashir 1988a) on the verbal morphology and certain syntactic phenomena, an MA thesis on the sound system (Mørch and Heegaard, 1997), and a dictionary (Trail and Cooper, 1999). There is no reference grammar for the language and only very few text samples have been published (in Morgenstierne 1973b). The case system is only superficially sketched in Trail (1996). The relatively poor descriptive status of Kalasha has influenced the content as well as the structure of this thesis, which has as its primary focus on the semantic and morpho-syntactic aspects of local case-marking, broadly understood, in Kalasha. This will be broadly clear from examining the list of contents, but I shall in the following sections 1.1-1.4 briefly sketch in somewhat greater detail the reasons for the outlook of the present work. In 1.5 I shall introduce each of the chapters.
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