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Torsdagen 11 november kl. 15.00 i sal C307

Abstract

The mountainous north of Pakistan offers a fascinating and modestly explored linguistic and cultural landscape with its 20 to 30 distinct language communities (of which the majority are Indo-Aryan). We will try to paint the big picture as far as the linguistic geography is concerned, the status of research, language vitality and some of the exceptional challenges involved, but our main focus will be on a few selected features that make the region particularly interesting, typologically as well as in terms of contact phenomena and genetic classification: complex spatial differentiation, “light verb” constructions, tonal phenomena, vigesimal numeral systems, and a diversity in case marking and alignment principles.

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