The Dialectology of Indic

Smith, Caley. 2017. “The Dialectology of Indic.” Handbook of Comparative and Historical Indo-European Linguistics, vol.1, Eds. Jared Klein, Brian Joseph, and Matthias Fritz. De Gruyter Mouton, 417-47.

A thorough linguistic history of each of the dialects of Indic is challenging in a single book and impossible in a single chapter. Rather than providing such a treatment, this chapter aims to outfit the internal history of Indic provided by Oberlies (this handbook) with an external history, furnishing each language with details relevant to its regional history. This chapter is best used in consultation with an atlas. We shall proceed chronologically through Old Indic, Middle Indic, and New Indo-Aryan, concluding with a brief discussion of the status of Nuristani.

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