M.A. Dissertation

My M.A. Dissertation was based on a field work done in Shillong and in Jowai town of Meghalaya, a province in India. This was on the language spoken by the Jaintia people of the Jaintia Hills. The language is usually known to the outsiders as Jaintia however, the real name of the language is Pnar. It is also said that Pnar is a dialect of Khasi, the major and dominant language of the province. Khasi is spoken in Shillong and other neighbouring areas of the Khasi Hills.

The field work occurred in March-April, 2004. A team of 7 students went to elicit the linguistic on various topics. My topic was word order in the language. The dissertation was completed by May, 2004. The following link will give you the whole of the dissertation submitted to the Jawharlal Nehru University, New Delhi in partial fulfillment of the degree of Masters in Linguistics.

Click on the following link to access the dissertation:



1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Paul Sidwell
    Aug 13, 2009 @ 01:12:33

    Hello Dr Choudhary. I was very impressed with your dissertation on Pnar. I am very interested in obtaining more descriptive materials on this and other non-standard Khasi varieties. I have written to NHU many times but never received a helpful reply. Can you make any suggestions? Do you have electronic copies of any relevant papers or dissertations.
    I look forward to your reply.


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