A Grammar of Sarazi
Ravi Parihar & Amitabh Vikram Dwivedi
Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University
Sarazi is a minor, unclassified and undocumented language spoken in the Saraz region of Jammu and Kashmir State of the Republic of India. This language falls under the northwestern Pahari zone of Indo-Aryan language family. Typologically, Sarazi is an SOV language (SV if without object), and like many other Indo-Aryan languages, the characteristic features of this language are that it uses postpositions; genitives precede the governing noun; auxiliary verb follows the main verb; indirect object precedes the direct object; explicators follow the main verbs; time adverbial precedes place adverbial; relative-correlative construction takes place; modifiers precede nominals; conditional markers are post-verbal.
Morphologically, Sarazi is a highly inflecting language which shows agreement prominently, and nouns and pronouns change into oblique form. Infinitive and participle forms are formed by suffixation while infixation is also found in the causative formation. Tense is carried by auxiliary and aspect and mood is marked by the main verb, and employs pre-verbal negation. Phonologically, aspiration and nasalization are distinctive features of Sarazi.
ISBN 9783862889822. Languages of the World/Materials 512. 376pp. 2019.