My CV


Madhav P. Pokharel

 Professor Emeritus (Linguistics), Tribhuvan University, Nepal

 Home: Sanepa, Lalitpur, Nepal

  • Phone: +977-1-5526543
  • Mobile: +977-9841218054 and +977-9818790939
  • Post Box: 8975, EPC 2201, Kathmandu
  • E-mail: madappokhrel@yahoo.com, <madappokhrel@gmail.com>

 

Place and Date of Birth

  • Place of Birth: Bijayapur, Dharan, Nepal
  • Date of Birth: September 24, 1948

 Education

  • Ph.D.
    1. Postgraduate and Research Institute, Deccan College, University of Poona, Maharastra, India.
    2. Supervisor: Prof. Peri Bhaskararao
    3. Thesis Title: Experimental Analysis of Nepali Sound System (1989)

 Workshop Training in Lexicography

Participated a two week all India workshop training course on lexicography given by Tulu Lexicon Project at the Rastrakavi Govinda Pai Research Centre, Udupi, Karnataka, India (1988)

 

Japan Foundation Fellow

1. Worked with Prof. Masayoshi Shibatani as a Japan Foundation fellow in Kobe University, Japan during 1994-1995 and wrote two papers:

  • Comparative Nepali and Japanese Syntax
  • Benefactive Constructions in Nepali
  • Ergativity in Nepali

2. Worked also with Prof. Yo Matsumoto, Kobe University, Japan during 2009-2010 the second time as a Japan Foundation fellow, studied Cognitive Semantics and wrote a paper on: 

  • Cognitive similarity in the conceptualization of classifiers in Nepali and Japanese

Foreign Language Expert

  • Worked at China Radio International (CRI), Beijing as a Foreign Language Expert during 2000-2001
    1. Guest Professor: Taught Nepali in Beijing University of Communications (Beijing Guangpo Daxue) for a semester in 2001
    2. Guest Professor: North Bengal University, Siliguri, India in 2014
  • Worked at the Central Institute of Indian Languages (CIIL), Mysore, India as a Nepali language expert for one month in 2003.

 Language Competence (Descending order)

Nepali, English, Hindi, Sanskrit, Japanese, Prakrit, Pali, Chinese (including knowledge of about 1500 Chinese characters), Kusunda, Marathi and Sinhalese

Language Discovery

  • Discovered Kharia, an Austroasiatic language, at Laphati in Jhapa on a fieldwork.
  • Discovered Lulam, a Kiranti language near Chisapani in Khotang.

Fieldwork and Data Collection

Collected data from more than 40 Nepalese languages on different field works and interviews: 

  1. Language Isolate: Kusunda spoken by 2 speakers. Supervised Mr. Bhojraj Gautam in the documentation of Kusunda when funded by Australian Research Council (through contact with Dr. Mark Donohue) and collected the recorded data of about 20 hours.
  2. Austroasiatic: Satar (Santal) and Kharia spoken in Jhapa and Morang.
  3. Dravidian: Jhangad, Dhangar or Oraon spoken in Sunsari, Morang, Jhapa and Saptari
  4. Tibeto-Burman languages:
  • Kiranti languages: Limbu, Chhathare Limbu, Yakkha, Kulung, Sampang, Khaling, Mewahang, Hayu, Sunuwar, Umbule, Chamling, Thami, Raji, Chepang, Bhujel
  • Bodhish languages: Ghale, Thakali, Tamang,  Sherpa, Jirel, Gurung, Kaike Magar
  • Meche (Bodo), Dhimal,
  • Magar (Dhut) dialects of Lasargha (Western Syangja) and Gairakhundi (Tanahun) and (Pang or Kham) dialects of  Parbate (Rukum and Rolpa), Gamale (Rolpa), Sesi (Rolpa) and Nishi-Bhuji (Baglung)
  • Newar, Dolakha Newar, Pahari  
  1. Indo-Aryan languages: Nepali, Achhami, Dotyali, Baitadeli, Darchulele, Dandeldhureli, Humli, Jumli, Darai, Majhi, Rajbamsi, Churaute, Tharu, Danuwar, Maithili

Development of Orthography in the following languages:

1. Tibeto-Burman: Pahari, Limbu, Chhathare Limbu, Sunwar, Tamang, Gurung, Thakali, Magar Dhut, Magar Pang or Kham, Magar Kaike, Sampang Rai, Khaling Rai, Chamling Rai, Mewahang Rai, Bahing Rai, Yamphu Rai, Byasi, Ghale, Ban Kariya, Sherpa, Raji, Bhujel, Koyu Rai, Lhomi,  

2. Indo-Aryan: Rajbamshi, Danuwar, Darai, Bajjika

 Research Supervision

1. Ph.D. Thesis

  • 1. Narendra Prasad Chapagain (1998). नेपाली भाषाका अनुकरण शब्दको व्याकरण (A Grammar of Onomatopoeia in Nepali) [in Nepali]. TU
  • 2.  Emelda Sherpa (2000). नेपाली कवितामा धरणीधर कोइरालाको योगदान (Contributions of Dharnidhar Koirala in Nepali Poetry) [in Nepali]. TU.
  • 3.  Khagen Sharma (2003). मास्टर मित्रसेनका गीतको विश्लेषण (An Analysis of Songs of Master Mitrasen Thapa) [in Nepali]. TU.
  • 4.  Krishna Raj Adhikari (2003). लक्ष्मी प्रसाद देवकोटाका महाकाव्यको संरचना (Structures of Laxmi Prasad Devkota’s Epics) [TU]. TU.
  • 5.  Govinda Prasad Acharya (2004). राप्ती अञ्चलका लोक गीतको विश्लेषण (An Analysis of Folk Songs of the Rapti Zone) [in Nepali]. TU.
  • 6.  Yamanath Timilsina (2006). अभिलेखीय नेपाली शब्दावलीको अध्ययन (A Study of Inscriptional Nepali Vocabulary) [in Nepali]. TU.
  • 7.  Govinda Bahadur Tumbahang (2007). A Descriptive Grammar of Chhatthare Limbu. TU.
  • 8.  Bidur Kumar Chalise (2007). ऐतिहासिक अभिलेखका आधारमा नेपाली भाषाका व्याकरण तत्त्वमा क्रमिक विकासको अध्ययन (Evolution of Grammatical Features in the Inscriptional Nepali) [in Nepali]. TU.
  • 9.  Din Bahadur Thapa (2008). धवलागिरि अञ्चलमा प्रचलित नेपाली भाषाको समाज भाषा वैज्ञानिक अध्ययन (A Sociolinguistic Study of the Nepali Language Spoken in the Dhaulagiri Zone) [in Nepali]. TU.
  • 10.  Govinda Prasad [Sukum] Sharma (2010). नेपाली व्याकरणका विकास क्रमको अध्ययन [A Study of the Evolution of Nepali Grammar). TU.
  • 11. Narayan P. Gandtaula (2010). नेपाली महाकाव्यको मिथकीय अध्ययन [An archetypal study of Nepali epics]. TU.
  • 12. Birendra Pudasaini (2011). विश्वेश्वर प्रसाद कोइरालाका आख्यानको आख्यान शास्त्रीय विश्लेषण [A narratological analysis of the narratives of Bishweshwar Prasad Koirala]. TU.
  • 13. Beni Jangam Rawal (2011). वाग्मती अञ्चलमा प्रचलित नेपाली बाह्रमासे लोकगीतको साङ्गीतिक अध्ययन [A study of the musical structure of the Baramase folk songs from the Bagmati Zone (Nepal)]. TU.
  • 14. Mohan Kumar Tumba (2013). A Linguistic Analysis of the Limbu Mundhum. TU.
  • 15. Harka Bahadur Shahi (2013). अछामी भाषाको अध्ययन [A Descriptive Study of the Achhami Language]. Nepal Sanskrit University.
  • 16. Sakhi Sharan Subedi (2014). नेपाली टुक्काको अर्थवैज्ञानिक विश्लेषण [A Cognitive Analysis of Nepali Idioms]. Nepal Sanskrit University.
  • 17. Yajneshwar Niraula (2015). नेपाली भाषिकाको अध्ययन [A Study of Nepali Dialects]. Tribhuvan University.
  • 18. Tulasi Prasad Gautam (2016). मोहन कोइरालाका कवितामा वक्रोक्ति विधान [Stylistic Deviations in Mohan Koirala’s Poems. Nepal Sanskrit University.
  • 19. Shankar Subba Fago (2017). नेपाली भाषा र साहित्यमा महानन्द सापकोटाको योगदान [Contributions of Mahananda Sapkota to Nepali Language and Literature]. Tribhuvan University.
  • MA dissertations:
  • 1. Lila Dhakal (1992). नेपाली भाषामा द्विरुक्ति प्रक्रिया (Reduplication in Nepali) [in Nepali]. Central Department of Nepali (CDN). Tribhuvan University (TU).
  • 2. Yamanath Timilsina (1993). सङ्ख्या र सार्वनामिक शब्दका आधारमा नेपाली भाषिकाको निर्धारण (Dialect Survey of Nepali on the Basis of Numerals and Pronominals) [in Nepali]. CDN, TU.
  • 3. Yajneshwar Niraula (1994). क्रियाको रूप तत्त्वका आधारमा नेपालीका भाषिकाको निर्धारण (Decisions of Nepali Dialects on the Basis of Verb Morphology) [in Nepali]. CDN, TU.
  • 4. Sakhisharan Subedi (1994). वाक्य तत्त्वका आधारमा नेपालीका भाषिकाको सर्वेक्षण (A Survey of Nepali Dialects on Syntactic Features) [in Nepali]. CDN, TU.
  • 5. Bhagawat Acharya (1996). उच्चारणका आधारमा नेपालीका भाषिकाको निर्धारण (Number of Nepali Dialects on the Basis of Pronunciation) [in Nepali]. CDN, TU.
  • 6. Lavanya Prasad Dhungana (1996). आधारभूत शब्दावलीका आधारमा नेपालीका भाषिकाको निर्धारण (Decision of Nepali Dialects on the Basic Vocabulary). CDN, TU.
  • 7. Satya Narayan Gaderi (1997). नेपाली र मैथिलीका पद सङ्गतिको तुलना (A Comparison of Agreement Patterns between Maithili and Nepali) [in Nepali]. CDN, TU.
  • 8. Muna Upadhyaya (1998). नेपालका भाषामा आत्मने पद र परस्मै पदका व्यतिरेकको अध्ययन (A Study of Active-Middle Contrast in the Languages of Nepal) [in Nepali]. CDN, TU.
  • 9. Vishnu Prasad Aryal (1998). नेपाली शब्दको आवृत्ति गणना (A Frequency Count of Nepali Words) [in Nepali]. CDN, TU.
  • 10. Govinda Prasad Sharma (1998). नेपाली व्याकरणको ऐतिहासिक सर्वेक्षण (A Historical Survey of Nepali Grammars). CDN, TU.
  • 11. Meera Pradhan (1998). गोरखा भाषा व्याकरण चन्द्रिकाको भाषा वैज्ञानिक अध्ययन (A Linguistic Evaluation of Chandra Gorkhabhasha Vyaakarana) [in Nepali]. CDN, TU.
  • 12. Durga Prasad Nepal (1999). नेपाली भाषाका पारिभाषिक शब्दावली (A Dictionary of Grammatical Terms of Nepali Grammars) [in Nepali]. CDN, TU.
  • 13. Karnakhar Khatiwada (1999). Dhimal Verb Morphology. Central Department of Linguistics (CDL), TU.]
  • 14. Hudda Bahadur  Karki (1999). नेपाली राष्ट्रिय दैनिक अखवारमा संस्कृत शब्दको आवृत्ति गणना (Frequency Count of Sanskrit Words Used in Contemporary News Media) [in Nepali]. CDN, TU.
  • 15. Ganga Ram Pant (2000). Semantico-syntactic Classification of Nepali Verbs. CDL, TU.
  • 16. Jyoti Pradhan (2002). Relativization in Newar. CDL, TU.
  • 17. Krishna Paudel (2003). A Descriptive Grammar of the Darai Language. CDL, TU.
  • 18. Dan Raj Regmi (2004). A Descriptive Study of the Bhujel Language. CDL, TU.
  • 19. Omkareshwar Shrestha (2008). A Sketch Grammar of Duku Danuwar Kaini. CDL, TU.
  • 20. Kedar Bilash Nagila (2007). Dura Language: Its Grammar and Lexicon. CDL, TU.
  • 21. Narayan Prasad Khatiwada (2008). नेपाली भाषामा प्रयुक्त संस्कृत शब्दको संरचना (Structure of Sanskrit words used in Nepali) [in Nepali]. MA dissertation. RR Campus, TU.
  • 22. Ramesh Khatri (2008). The Structure of Verbs and Sentences in Raji. CDL, TU.

 Subjects Taught

  • Multipurpose Public High School Dharan (1972-1975): Nepali, English, Mathematics, Science, Sanskrit, Geography and History
  • Sri Mahendra Campus Dhran; Applied Science and Technology Central Campus Hattisar Dharan and Pindeshwar Campus Dharan (1975-1985): Nepali, English and Nepal Studies
  • Centra Department of Nepali, Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur, Kathmandu (1985-1996): Linguistics and criticism
  • Central Department of Linguistics, Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur, Kathmandu (1996-2011): Phonetics, Phonology, Morphology, Syntax, Historical Linguistics and Language Typology
  • Beijing University of Communications (2000-01): Nepali language

 

Countries Visited

Nepal, India, Japan, China, Switzerland, USA, Germany, Sweden

 Publications

Books:

a. Grammar and Linguistics:

  • 1996. क्याम्पस स्तरीय नेपाली वाक्य व्याकरण (Campus Level Nepali Syntax) [in Nepali]. An exercise book. Kathmandu: Navin Prakashan.
  • 1997. नेपाली वाक्य व्याकरण (Nepali Syntax) [in Nepali]. Kathmandu: Royal Nepal Academy.
  • 2000. ध्वनि विज्ञान र नेपाली भाषाको ध्वनि परिचय (Phonetics and the Pronunciation of Nepali) [in Nepali]. Kathmandu: Royal Nepal Academy.
  • 2007. नेपाली ध्वनि विज्ञान र नेपालका भाषाको ध्वनि परिचय (Introduction to Nepali Phonetics and Sounds of Nepalese Languages). Kathmandu: Bhundi puran prakashan.

b. Translation:

  • Hiroshi Ishii.1987. नेपाली संस्कृति : एक पक्ष (Nepali [Newar] Culture: an Aspect )[in Nepali]. Kathmandu: Sajha Prakashan.
  • Shigeru Iijima and Yoshikaju Takaya.1987. थकाली र नेपालको खेतीपाती (Thakali and Agriculture in Nepal) [in Nepali]. Kathmandu: Sahitya Guthi.

c. Literary Essays:

  • मेरो मान्छे (My Person) [in Nepali]. Kathmandu: Sajha Prakashan.
  • नाग दहको थिति (Systems in the Dragon Lake) [in Nepali]. Kathmandu: Sajha Prakashan.
  • गार्गीको गाँठो (Gargi’s Complex) [in Nepali]. Kathmandu: Sajha Prakashan.

d. Editorship:

  • 1987. Tadashii Fukutake’s Japanese Society Today आजको जापानी समाज [Nepali translation by Bhuvanlal Pradhan]. Kathmandu: Sajha Prakashan.
  • 1998. नेपाली साहित्य कोश (A Dictionary of Nepali Literary Terms) [in Nepali]. Kathmandu: Royal Nepal Academy.
  • 2001. जनकलाल शर्माका प्रबन्ध (Janaklal Sharma’s Essays) [in Nepali]. Kathmandu: Bagar Prakashan.
  • 2002. गोरखा पत्रका एक सय एक निबन्ध (101 Essays of the Gorkhapatra). Kathmandu: Gorkhapatra Publications.
  • 2002. लिम्बु नेपाली अङ्ग्रेजी शब्द कोश (Limbu-Nepali-English Dictionary). Kathmandu: Royal Nepal Academy.
  • 2003. जनकलाल शर्माका संस्मरण (Memoirs of Janaklal Sharma) [in Nepali]. Kathmandu: Sajha Prakashan.
  • 2011. नेपाल लघु विश्व कोश (A micropedia of Nepal). Kathmandu: Nepal Academy.
  • 2014. Nepali-English English-Nepali Dictionary. Kathmandu: Nepal Academy.

B. Selected Papers on Linguistics

  • 1986. Variables of honorific forms in Nepali. Paper presented to the 7th Annual Conference of the Linguistic Society of Nepal.
  • 1988. Gender System in Nepali. Seminar paper. Deccan College, Pune.
  • 1989a    Order of meaningful constituents in Nepali. Contributions to Nepalese Studies 16.2:83-101.
  • 1989b    Scientificity of the Maheshvara-Sutras. National Seminar on Sanskrit Grammar. Department of Linguistics. Bombay Univ.
  • 1989c    Experimental Analysis of Nepali Sound System. Ph.D. thesis Pune: Univ. of Pune.
  • Passivization in Nepali. Paper presented to the 11th Annual Conference of the Linguistic Society of Nepal
  • 1991a    Rules of lexical gender in Nepali. Nepalese Linguistics 5-8: 63-73.
  • 1991b    Compound Verbs in Nepali. Contributions to Nepalese Studies 18.2:149-73.
  • 1991c    Moods in Nepali. Nepalese Linguistics 9:7-10.
  • 1993a    The Grammar of onomatopoeia in Nepali. Nepalese Linguistics 10:10-34.
  • 1993b    Aspects in Nepali. Paper presented to the 14th Annual Conference of the Linguistic Society of Nepal.
  • 1994. Benefactive Constructions in Nepali. Kobe Papers in Linguistics. Kobe University, Japan.
  • 1995a    Ergativity in Nepali. Faculty of Letters, Kobe University, Japan.
  • 1995b    Comparative Nepali and Japanese Syntax. Post- doctoral research paper. The Japan Foundation Grant, Kobe University, Japan.
  • 1995c    Patterns of split ergativity in Nepali. Paper presented to the 16th Annual Conference of the Linguistic Society of Nepal.
  • 1997 Reciprocity in Kiranti. Paper presented to the 18th Annual Conference of the Linguistic Society of Nepal
  • 1998 Nonsyllabic Vocoids in Nepali. Paper presented to the19th Annual Conference of the Linguistic Society of Nepal.
  • 1999 Benefactive constructions in Nepali. Paper presented to the 4th Himalayan Language Symposium. Pune, India.
  • 2001 O-ending nominals in New Indo-Aryan. Paper presented to the Annual Conference of the Linguistic Society of Nepal.
  • 2002 Patterns of Verb-agreement in the languages of Nepal. Paper presented at the 8th Himalayan Languages Symposium. Berne, Switzerland, October 17-22.
  • 2003 Configurations of Noun Phrase in the languages of Nepal. Paper presented at the 9th Himalayan Languages Symposium, Mysore, India, and December 9-13.
  • 2004. Pronominalization in Kusunda. Paper presented at the Silver Jubilee Symposium of the Linguistic Society of Nepal.
  • 2006. Sanskrit in East Asia. Paper presented at LSN.
  • 2007. Grammaticalization of clause combining on the inscriptional Nepali. Paper presented at LSN.
  • 2008. A strategic search for the general formula of root derivation in Nepali. Paper presented at the All India Conference of Linguists and Golden Jubilee Celebration of the Commencement of Postgraduate Teaching of Linguistics at the Deccan College. Pune, Nov 26-28.
  • 2011. Mass noun classifiers in Nepali. LSN.
  • 2012. Challenges to regularize spellings in Nepali. LSN
  • 2013. Adverbial agreement with nouns in Khasani. Paper presented in the Linguistic Society of Nepal, Kathmandu. 

General Knowledge

  • Vedic texts: Rgveda, Yajurveda, Samaveda, Atharvaveda, Upanisads
  • Sanskrit Grammars: Pratishakhyas, Panini’s Astadhyayi and Bhartrhari’s Vakyapadiya
  • Sanskrit Classics: Ramayana, Mahabharata and several other Puranas, Epics of Aswaghosa, Kalidasa, Bharavi, Magha and Sriharsa, Kadambari of Banabhatta and Dandi’s Dasakumaracarita, Dramas of Bhasa, Kalidasa, Bhavabhuti, Vishakhadatta and Sudraka
  • History, culture, philosophy and archaeology of India, China, Japan, Greece and Central Asia
  • Physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology, sociology, geography

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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