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The first grammar of the Waziristani dialect

Lorimer, John Gordon. Grammar and Vocabulary of Waziri Pashto.

Calcutta , Office of the Superintendent of Government Printing, India, 1902.

8vo. (4), X, 345, (1). Half calf over cloth boards. Marbled endpapers. Top edge gilt.

First edition, one of 400 copies: the first printed grammar and vocabulary of Waziri Pashto, produced to meet the needs of British officers stationed on the North-West Frontier (now Pakistan and Afghanistan), grappling with the bewildering array of tribes and dialects found there. Lorimer based his work on the dialect of the Mohmit Khel Waziris of the Tochi valley in Waziristan, which differed significantly from standard literary Pashto: "The difference between the Waziri and Peshawar varieties of Pashto is hardly less than that which separates broad Scots from cockney English, and like it extends to grammar and idiom as well as vocabulary." He apologizes for "the bluntness of a few expressions introduced into the vocabulary. which were taken from the lips of living Waziris and are characteristic".

John Gordon Lorimer (1870-1914), now best known for his monumental "Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf, Oman, and Central Arabia" (1908-15), studied at Edinburgh and Oxford, joining the Indian Civil Service in 1891. He largely served in the Punjab and on the North-West Frontier until 1900, thereafter in the Foreign Department of the Government of India at Simla. From 1909 he served as political resident at Baghdad.

Calf spotted; light foxing to first and last few leaves. A good, tight copy.

OCLC 18437831. Not in Zaunmüller.