Dr Henrik Liljegren

Email: henrik@ling.su.se
Phone: +46 (0)8 161245


Henrik Liljegren, Associate Professor, General Linguistics.

As a linguistic researcher Henrik Liljegren has 10+ years fieldwork experience in northern Pakistan. He works within a functional-typological framework and has a particular interest in the languages of the Hindukush-Karakoram region (the mountainous areas of northern Pakistan, northeastern Afghanistan and the disputed territory of Kashmir), many of which are endangered and lesser-described.

At Stockholm University he is involved in supervising thesis work and in teaching general linguistics.

His current focus is on areal-typological research in the region mentioned above. The goal of the present project (supported by the Swedish Research Council) is to produce a linguistic profile of this region characterized by great linguistic diversity (ab. 50 languages, incl. Indo-Aryan, Iranian, Nuristani, Tibeto-Burman, Turkic and the isolate Burushaski are spoken) and a high level of multilingualism. A preliminary study has identified a few linguistic traits as particularly interesting from a typological perspective, and those and other selected features will now be subject to systematic investigation. Furthermore, conclusions regarding similarities or differences will be of importance for language classification and for gaining a clearer understanding of the effects of long-lasting language contact.

Apart from research per se, Henrik Liljegren is engaged in revitalization efforts (orthography and local literature development, mother-tongue literacy, etc.), mentoring language activists from various communities to collect and organize data, and in building networks between local communities and organizations.

Research collaboration:
  • Forum for Language Initiatives (Islamabad, Pakistan)
  • Anjuman-e-taraqqi-e-Palula (Society for the promotion of Palula) and informal networking with several language-specific community-based organizations in the Hindu Kush region
  • SIL International (aka Summer Institute of Linguistics)


Language contact and relatedness in the Hindukush Region
01/01/2015 - 31/12/2019
Språkkontakt i Hindukushbergen. Målet med projektet är att upprätta en lingvistisk profil över språken som talas i Hindukushregionen, ett bergsområde i nordöstra Afghanistan, norra Pakistan och delar av Indienkontrollerade Kashmir. Regi...

Language contact and relatedness in the Hindukush Region
01/01/2015 - 31/12/2019
The goal is to produce a linguistic profile of the languages of the Hindukush Region, an area comprising the mountainous north-eastern Afghanistan, northern Pakistan and the northern-most part of Kashmir. The region is characterized by linguistic diversity (ab. 50 languages, incl...

A typological profile of "Dardic"
01/05/2011 - 30/04/2015
Following up on an already started data collection project I am carrying out a typological examination of a representative sample of lesser-known Indo-Aryan languages spoken in the Hindu Kush region (traditionally referred to as "Dardic"). By producing a typological profile, in w...

Palula textual and lexicographic documentation
01/05/2011 - 30/04/2015
Palula [phl] is an under-described language belonging to the disputed "Dardic" subgroup of Indo-Aryan, spoken by appr 10,000 people, in the Pakistan-Afghanistan borderland. I have already conducted a few periods of field studies in the Palula community, the primary result of whic...

Last updated on 2017-16-08 at 09:37