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Newari

 

the language of the Newar. Spoken in the central valley of Nepal by more than 500,000 people (1971, estimate), Newari is a nonpronominalized Himalayan language (that is, the verb does not change according to person) related to the Tibeto-Burman languages. A distinction is made between classical Newari, the language of surviving 12th-century texts, which experienced strong Indian influence, and the present-day spoken language. Newari has fewer than 40 phonemes. Syllables have a rigidly defined form. Primarily syllabic suffixes are used in the grammar. Verb conjugation is strongly developed. Word order is constant: subject-object-predicate. The attribute precedes the dependent member. Newari uses Nepali script or its own, Indian-related, writing system.

REFERENCES

Jørgensen, H. A Grammar of the Classical Newari. Copenhagen, 1941.
Jørgensen, H. A Dictionary of the Classical Newari. Copenhagen, 1936.

I. I. PEIROS

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Using an agricultural waste as a fuel for firing pottery illustrates the responsibility that the Newari potters have to the environment.
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But for us, Dwarika's signature culinary experience is that at Krishnarpan, its Newari cuisine restaurant, which offers diners the chance to sample traditional Nepali hospitality in sumptuous surroundings.
Later on Pachumola lasted, whereas other scripts didn't survive, and this script came to be known as "the prevalent Newari script.
2) In this unprecedented historical journey, Jang Bahadur's entourage included Bhajuman Chitrakar, a Newari artist from Kathmandu.
They have also demanded newari language to be used as a language for government works and abrogation of the bill on urban development that the government is working on.
For more details see Bhaskararao and Joshi (1985: 17) for Newari (Tibeto-Burman); Dai and Cui (1985: 43) for Achang (Tibeto-Burman); Xu and Zhao (1984: 31-32) for Bai (Tibeto-Burman); He and Jiang (1985: 66-67) for Naxi (Tibeto-Burman); Sun (1981: 95-96) for Qiang (Tibeto-Burman); Xu and Xu (1984: 64-65) for Zaiwa (Jingpo) (Tibeto-Burman); Chen et al.
The cities of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Kirtipur are open museums of religion, culture, tradition and the work of Newari art and architecture.
One restaurant that stands out is Yeti, but I get the feeling that people treat it like a piece of slumdog exotica as it serves mostly home- style Newari and Tibetan food -- good but not extraordinary.
The present paper forms part of an on-going research leading to eventual publication of a critical edition of an early 18th century manuscript of a Maithili play Parsuramopakhyana written in the Newari script by Bhaktapurking Bhupatindramalla (1696-1722) containing Newari text, transliterations into Devanagari and Roman scripts, English translation; commentary on Medieval Maithili dramaturgy, critical notes and emendations, and sketch of a grammar of Middle Maithili.
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