Journal of the International Phonetic Association

Illustrations of the IPA

Palula

Henrik Liljegrena1 and Naseem Haidera2

a1 Department of Linguistics, Stockholm University, Sweden henrik@ling.su.se

a2 Forum for Language Initiatives, Islamabad, Pakistan naseem@fli-online.org

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.