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Title: Languages of the Northern Himalayas
Subtitle: Being Studies in the Grammar of Twenty-Six Himalayan Dialects
Written By: Thomas Grahame Bailey
URL: http://www.cambridge.org/us/academic/subjects/languages-linguistics/asian-language-and-linguistics/languages-northern-himalayas-being-studies-grammar-twenty-six-himalayan-dialects
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Thomas Grahame Bailey (1872–1942) had the components of this work printed in individual parts in India between 1902 and 1906. The Royal Asiatic Society in London decided to collect and publish them in 1908 in its monograph series, incorporating a preface by Bailey. The pagination is not continuous as already printed sheets of the earlier studies were reused. Twenty-six dialects from the hill regions of the northern and north-western Himalayas are covered in some detail, including grammar, vocabulary, their relationship to each other, and some songs. Bailey's work was pioneering: he had travelled among the hill peoples, being initiated into tribal rites and secret vocabularies, often of a criminal nature. There had been no previous publications on the grammar or philology of these dialects, merely some translated Christian texts. Bailey subsequently published a number of works on languages of the Indian subcontinent, including a history of Urdu literature.

Preface; 1. Dialects of the Simla Hills and Kulu; 2. Dialects of Mandi state; 3. Dialects of Camba and Jammu states and Sasi glossaries; 4. Studies in northern Himalayan dialects; 5. Dialects of the Kangra district.

Publication Year: 2013
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation
History of Linguistics
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ISBN-13: 9781108063777
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