shravan at LISA.LANG.OSAKA-U.AC.JP
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I am looking for information/pointers regarding any systematic
sociolinguistic or other study of Delhi varieties of Hindi--which ones
these are, and whether one can refer to these by some cover term (such as
Singh and Agnihotri (Hindi Morphology, MLBD publishers, New Delhi, 1997)
briefly discuss "zabaan e-dehlavi" around the reign of Aurangzeb, but I am
looking for answers to questions like the following:
1. Are there clear sub-varieties of Hindi spoken in Delhi today? What
are they called?
2. In Delhi, Hindi is spoken as a "native" language (whatever that means
in the Indian context) by many people whose parents spoke/speak, say,
Punjabi, Sindhi, or some other language. Are these speakers regarded as
part of the group speaking some representative variety of "Delhi Hindi"?
3. Do close-by areas like Kurukshetra also count as lying in the "western
Hindi dialect" group (that is how one paper desribes Delhi Hindi)?
There are some references in Singh and Agnihotri's book, and I will look
for others, but I would greatly appreciate it if the specialists among you
could share your insights.
Many thanks in advance,
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