BURUSHASKI TEXTS-A SEMINAR

ARCHIVE OF ANNOTATED BURUSHASKI TEXTS

Dr. Sadaf Munshi

University of North Texas

The aim of this talk is to provide an overview of a project aimed to create a linguistically analyses and searchable archive of annotated Burushaski texts. Dr Munshi will discuss the various steps, methods, and challenges in the documentation and preservation of Burushaski. Burushaski is a linguistic isolate, i.e. it is not related to any other known language in the world. Attempts to preserve this relic language of the past are an important contribution to different fields in social sciences. The database for the archive will consist of high quality digitized recordings of oral literature from different, significantly threatened, regional varieties of Burushaski, viz., Hunza, Nagar, and Yasin in Pakistan and Srinagar in India. The project will result in a wide range of text types including: traditional stories and mythical legends, historical accounts, personal narratives, formal speeches, conversations, poems, speaker-to-speaker discussions of data, and metadata. The texts will be linguistically (grammatically) analyzed along with broad translations into English and Urdu. By providing a corpus of high quality original documentation materials in different media – audio, video and print, the project promises to be an important contribution to the ongoing developments in documentation research. The project outcomes will eventually feed into the preparation of a multilingual cross-dialectal dictionary of Burushaski – a future goal.  By training and involving community members, Dr Munshi hopes the project will address various community concerns regarding the language and its documentation, preservation and revitalization.

Biographical Note: Dr. Sadaf Munshi is an Assistant Professor in the department of Linguistics and Technical Communication. She received her Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin in 2006. She works in the areas of language documentation and preservation, historical and comparative linguistics, language contact, grammatical analysis and theory. Her research focuses on Indo-Aryan languages (e.g. Hindi-Urdu, Kashmiri, and Romani or “Gypsy” language) and Burushaski.

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Sadaf Munshi, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Linguistics and Technical Communication University of North Texas

1155 Union Circle #305298, Denton, TX – 76203

Ph: +1-940-369-8944 (O)

Fax: +1-940-369-8976

http://www.lingtechcomm.unt.edu/faculty/munshi.html

Dr. Sadaf Munshi

Assistant Professor
Academic Specialization: Linguistics

Dr. Sadaf Munshi received her Ph.D. in Linguistics from UT Austin. Among the courses that she teaches are Historical Linguistics, History of English Language, and Gypsy Language and Culture. She works in the areas of historical and comparative linguistics, language contact, language documentation, and grammatical analysis and theory. Her research focuses on Indo-Aryan languages (e.g. Hindi, Urdu, Kashmiri, and Romani or “Gypsy”) and Burushaski. Munshi was born and raised in Kashmir (India) where she received most of earlier education (including a BS in biosciences). Before coming to the United States, she pursued a Master of Arts degree and a Master of Philosophy degree in Linguistics from the University of Delhi. Besides linguistics, she likes traveling, reading, writing, and painting.

3 Responses to BURUSHASKI TEXTS-A SEMINAR

  1. It is really impressive to see genius minds are at work for the preservation of this unique language little known to developed societies. Collaborative efforts different levels would yield positive effects to bring to the light the developments being made in linguistics across the globe.

  2. It is really impressive to see genius minds are at work for the preservation of this unique language little known to developed societies. Collaborative efforts at different levels would yield positive effects to bring to the light the developments being made in linguistics across the globe.

  3. r says:

    I am immensely happy to hear that highly systematic and sophisticated efforts are underway to document , preserve and revitilize our mother tongue BROSHASKI before it is forgotten and lost and lastly extinct as there are so many languages which could not survive and got extinct .
    i would like congrutulate and thank GB TIMES team for transmitting this kind of information,

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