It was about one and a half years ago that I finally I arrived where I had always wanted to be and do what I had always wanted-- teach students, support small language communities and conduct research on African languages on my doorstep. The University of Cape Town and my new colleagues welcomed my efforts to establish the Centre for African Language Diversity-- CALDi as well as The African Language Archive-- TALA and I was recently appointed the Mellon Research Chair: African Language Diversity this initiative. The main aim of CALDi is to train young African scholars in descriptive linguistics and open up space for research into African languages at UCT with the hopes of countering the dominance of African linguistics outside the continent. It has been a great challenge for which my whole career has been a form of preparation...Read more
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Bhadarwahi is spoken by 250, 000 speakers in Bhadarwah town of Doda district in the eastern part of Jammu region of Jammu and Kashmir State in India. Genetically, it comes under Northern Zone Western Pahari languages of Indo-Aryan family, and it shows lexical similarity with Pangwali, Siragi, Padri, and Bhalesi languages. The origin of Bhadarwahi can be traced back to the ancient time when Buddhism started to spread around 400 BC in this region, and Buddhist priests searched a language other than Sanskrit to spread the teachings of Buddha.
Typologically it is a subject dominant language with an SOV word order (SV if without object) and its verb agrees with a noun phrase which is not followed by an overt post-position. These noun phrases can move freely in the sentence without changing the meaning of the sentence. The indirect object generally precedes the direct object. Aspiration, like any other Indo-Aryan languages, is a prominent feature of Bhadarwahi. Nasalization is a distinctive feature, and vowel and consonant contrasts are commonly observed. Infinitive and participle forms are formed by suffixation while infixation is also found in causative formation. Tense is carried by auxiliary and aspect and mood is marked by main verb.