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Pahari and Pothwari: a sociolinguistic survey

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Lothers, Michael and Laura Lothers
Issue Date: 
2010
Abstract: 

This report gives a snapshot of the Pahari-Pothwari language complex. It addresses questions of dialect versus language and the number of dialects through synchronic, descriptive means rather than a historical, phonological comparison. The survey team used oral interviews, questionnaires, wordlists, comprehension testing, and our own observation from the two and a half years we lived in Murree, Pakistan.

The Pahari-Pothwari language complex includes three major but mutually intelligible dialects: Pahari, Pothwari and Mirpuri. Those speaking the latter, Mirpuri, also refer to their language as Pahari.

Extent: 
262 pages
Subject: 
language surveys
Country: 
Pakistan
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Relation Text: 
SIL Electronic Survey Reports 2010-012