International Journal of Language & Linguistics

ISSN 2374-8850 (Print), 2374-8869 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijll

First Results of a Linguistic Fieldwork on Baṅgāṇī
Andrea Drocco

Baṅgāṇī is an Indo-Aryan language of the group of Western Pahāṛī languages spoken in the so-called Baṅgāṇ area located in the Uttarkāśī district of Uttarākhaṇḍ, in particular in the area between the Pabar and Tons rivers. Esteemed as a critically endangered language by the UNESCO Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger, in the last few decades Baṅgāṇī has been a topic of controversy as regards mainly the question of whether this language contains Indo-European but non-Indo-Aryan vocabulary or not (for a summary see Zoller 1999, but also the personal website of Peter Edwin Hook at Even if the majority of scholars related to this controversy concluded their studies claiming that much work on documentation but especially on the linguistic description/analysis of Baṅgāṇī has to be done, not so many of such works, if not at all, appeared till now (two exceptions are Van Driem & Sharmā 1997 and Zoller 2007).

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