Journal of the International Phonetic Association

Illustrations of the IPA


Henrik Liljegrena1 and Naseem Haidera2

a1 Department of Linguistics, Stockholm University, Sweden

a2 Forum for Language Initiatives, Islamabad, Pakistan

Palula is an Indo-Aryan language spoken by approximately 10,000 people in the southern part of Chitral District in Pakistan's North-West Frontier Province. It belongs to a group of speech varieties subsumed under the heading Shina (Morgenstierne 1941; Strand 2000–2001). The speech described here is that of Ashret Valley, one of two main dialects of Palula. The transcription is based on a recording of the speech of the second author, Naseem Haider, himself a native speaker of Palula, born in 1978; his speech is typical of Ashreti, or southern, Palula.