Torwali (Urdu: توروالی) , or Turvali, is a Dardic language spoken in Kohistan and Swat districts of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistan. The language is indigenous to the Torwali people who live in scattered hamlets in the mountainous upper reaches of the Swat valley, above the Pashto-speaking town of Madyan up to the Gawri-speaking town of Kalam. There are two main dialects of Torwali: Bahrain and Chail.
|Close||i iː||u uː|
|Mid||e eː||o oː|
Edelman's analysis, which was based on Grierson and Morgenstierne, shows nasal counterparts to at least /e o a/ and also found a series of central (reduced?) vowels, transcribed as: ⟨ä⟩, ⟨ü⟩, ⟨ö⟩.
|Close||i ĩ||(ɨ̙)||u ũ|
|Mid||e ẽ (e̙)||ə (ə̙)||o õ|
|Open||æ æ̃||a ã|
Lunsford had some difficulty determining vowel phonemes and suggested there may be retracted vowels with limited distribution: /ɨ/ (which may be [i̙]), /e̙/, /ə̙/. Retracted or retroflex vowels are also found in Kalash-mondr.
The phonemic status of the breathy voiced series is debatable.
Sounds with particularly uncertain status are marked with a superscript question mark.
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- http://torwali.net/torwali-book/ Grierson, George (1929). "Torwali: An account of a Dardic language of the Swat Kohistan".
- Lunsford, Wayne A. (2001), "An overview of linguistic structures in Torwali, a language of Northern Pakistan", M.A. thesis, University of Texas at Arlington
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|Torwali language test of Wikipedia at Wikimedia Incubator|
- http://dsal.uchicago.edu/dictionaries/torwali/ A digital Torwali-English dictionary with audio
- http://torwali.net A website providing information about the Torwali language and the history of the Torwali people. Includes photos, classification, etc.
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