Elena Bashir

Elena BashirSenior Lecturer
Office: Foster Hall 214
Phone: (773) 702-8632
Fax: (773) 834-3254
Email: ebashir@uchicago.edu

Elena Bashir is a linguist (PhD, Linguistics, University of Michigan) with a dissertation Topics in Kalasha syntax: An areal and typological perspective. Her research is based on field work on the languages of Pakistan, particularly the northern and western regions of the country. Here at the University of Chicago, she teaches first and second year Urdu, and occasionally other courses on various languages of Pakistan. Her most recent major publication is a volume co-edited with Hans Henrich Hock, The languages and linguistics of South Asia: A comprehensive guide. 2016. De Gruyter Mouton (The World of Linguistics, Volume 7).

Field Specialties

Mughal political and institutional history, history of Indo-Islamic culture

Research Interests

Linguistic fieldwork. Languages of Pakistan, Urdu, Panjabi. Published work on Balochi, Balti, Brahui, Burushaski, Shina, Kalasha, Khowar, Pashto, Urdu, Wakhi.

Education

  • Ph.D. The University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, 1988.

Publications Include:

Articles and Contributions to Edited Volumes

  • 2010c. Traces of mirativity in Shina. Himalayan Linguistics 9(2):1-55. http://www.linguistics.ucsb.edu/HimalayanLinguistics/
  • 2010b. Innovations in the Brahui verb system. Journal of South Asian Linguistics 3(1): 23-44. http://tiger.sprachwiss.uni-konstanz.de/~jsal/ojs/index.php/jsal/article/view/21/17
  • 2009b. Wakhi. The Iranian Languages, G. Windfuhr (ed.). London: Routledge Curzon, pp. 825-862.
  • 2008e. Artificial glaciers: Trajectories of a practice and an idea. In Hugh van Skyhawk (ed.) Masters of Understanding: German Scholars in the Hindu Kush and Karakoram 1955-2005, pp. 210-240. Journal of Asian Civilizations, Vol 31, Nos. 1, 2. Islamabad: Taxila Institute of Asian Civilizations.
  • 2008b. "Some transitional features of Eastern Balochi: An areal and diachronic perspective." In: The Baloch and Others: Linguistic, historical and socio-political perspectives on pluralism in Balochistan. (eds. C. Jahani, A. Korn, P. Titus). Wiesbaden: Dr. Ludwig Reichart, pp. 45-82.
  • 2008. Indo-Iranian Frontier Languages and the influence of Persian. In: Encyclopaedia Iranica. Ed. Ehsan Yarshater. Online at: http://www.iranica.com/newsite/
  • 2007a. Contact-induced change in Khowar. In Saeed, Shafqat (ed.), New Perspectives on Pakistan: Contexts, Realities and Visions of the Future. Karachi: Oxford University Press, pp. 205-238.
  • 2007. "Evidentiality in South Asian Languages." In: The Proceedings of the LFG-06 Conference. http://cslipublications.stanford.edu/LFG/11/lfg06.html, pp. 30-50.
  • 2006b. "Pakistan: Research and developments in linguistics and language study." In: Yearbook of South Asian Languages and Linguistics 2006. Ed. Rajendra Singh. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, pp. 125-143.
  • 2006a. "Change in progress: Negation in Hindi and Urdu." In: Yearbook of South Asian Languages and Linguistics 2006. Ed. Rajendra Singh. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, pp. 3-29.
  • 2004b. "Le préfixe d- en Bourouchaski: deixis et point de référence." (French translation of "The d-prefix in Burushaski: Deixis and viewpoint," originally presented at the 36th International Congress of Asian and North African Studies (ICANAS 2000), Montreal, August 27-September 2, 2000.) In: Bourouchaskiana. Ed. Étienne Tiffou, pp.17-62. Bibliothèque des Cahiers de l'Institut de Linguistique de Louvain 113. Louvain-la-Neuve: Peeters.
  • 2004a. "Innovations in the Brahui verb system." Paper presented at the 24th South Asian Languages Analysis Roundtable (SALA 24), Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York, November 19-20, 2004.
  • 2003. "Dardic." In: The Indo-Aryan Languages, ed. G. Cardona. London: Routledge, pp. 818-94.
  • 2001b. "Khowar-Wakhi Contact Relationships." In: Tohfa-e-Dil. Festschrift Helmut Nespital. Ed. Dirk W. Lönne, Reinbek: Dr. Inge Wezler Verlag für Orientalistische Fachpublikationen.
  • 2001a. "Spatial Representation in Khowar." Proceedings of the 36th Annual Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society. Chicago: Chicago Linguistic Society.
  • 2000b. "The d-prefix in Burushaski: Viewpoint and evidentiality." Paper presented at the 36th International Congress of Asian and North African Studies, 27 August - 2 September 2000, Montreal.
  • 2000a. "A thematic survey of Burushaski research," History of Language, 6(1):1-14.
  • 1999. "The Urdu postposition ne: its changing role in the grammar." In The Yearbook of South Asian Languages and Linguistics 1999. Edited by Rajendra Singh. New Delhi and London: Sage Publications.
  • 1996b. Ed. (with Israruddin) Proceedings of the Second International Hindukush Cultural Conference. Karachi and Islamabad: Oxford University Press.
  • 1996a. "Mosaic of Tongues - Part II: Quotatives and Complementizers in Northwest Indo-Aryan, Burushaski, and Balti." In: Studies of Popular Culture in Pakistan. Final report of the University of Pennsylvania/Lok Virsa Multi-Disciplinary Study of Pakistan culture. 1996. W. Hanaway, ed. Islamabad: Lok Virsa.
  • 1991c. A Contrastive Analysis of Balochi and Urdu. Washington, D.C. and Peshawar, Pakistan: Academy for Educational Development, 300 p.
  • 1991b. A Contrastive Analysis of Brahui and Urdu. Washington, D.C. and Peshawar, Pakistan: Academy for Educational Development, 298 p.
  • 1991a. A Contrastive Analysis of Pashto and Urdu. Washington, D.C. and Peshawar, Pakistan: Academy for Educational Development, 295 pp.
  • 1990. "Involuntative Experience in Kalasha." In: Experiencer Subjects in South Asian Languages. Ed. Manindra K. Verma and K. P. Mohanan. Stanford: Center for the Study of Language and Information, Stanford University. 1990.
  • 1989a. "Causal Chains and Compound Verbs." In: Proceedings of the Symposium on Complex Predicates in South Asian Languages. Ed. Manindra K. Verma and Usha Nilsson.
  • 1988b. Topics in Kalasha Syntax: an Areal and Typological Perspective. Ph.D. dissertation, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Ann Arbor, Michigan: University Microfilms.
  • 1988a. "Inferentiality in Kalasha and Khowar." In: Proceedings of the 24th Regional Meeting (CLS 24). Chicago: Chicago Linguistic Society.
  • 1987b. (Ed.) with Madhav M. Deshpande and Peter Edwin Hook. Select Papers from the 7th Annual South Asian Languages Analysis Roundtable Conference, held in Ann Arbor, Michigan, May 1985. Bloomington: Indiana University Linguistics Club.
  • 1986a. "Beyond Split-Ergativity: Subject Marking in Wakhi." In: Proceedings of the 22nd Regional Meeting (CLS 22). Chicago: Chicago Linguistic Society, pp. 14-35.
  • 1985a. "Toward a Semantics of the Burushaski Verb." In: Proceedings of the Conference on Participant Roles: South Asia and Adjacent Areas. Ed. Arlene R.K. Zide, David Magier, and Eric Schiller. Bloomington: Indiana University Linguistics Club, pp. 1-32.

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