What writing system(s) does this language use?
Dogri is uses Devanagri script. Hindi also uses this script. This is a sample of this script. जम्मू Jammu in Dogri and Devanagri script
How many people speak this language?
Dogri is an Indic language spoken by some two million people in South Asia, chiefly in the Jammu region of Jammu and Kashmir but also in Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, other parts of Kashmir and elsewhere. People who speak Dogri are called Dogras.
Where is this language spoken?
This language is spoken in and around the city of Jammu, from the valleys south of Srinagar to the city of Shimla in Himachal Pradesh.
What is the history of this language?
Dogri has in the past been widely considered a dialect of Punjabi, but it has taken on a literary life of its own. Recently Dogri was recognized as a scheduled language in the Indian constitution. Amir Khusrao was the first person to record the existence of Dogri as a distinct North Indian dialect, in the 14th century.
Nilamber Dev Sharma is a very prominent figure in Jammu and Kashmir and has written numerous books in Dogri. Having many books published under his name, his hard work paid off when he was awarded the Padma Shri Award for Literature in 2011. Padma Shri is the fourth highest civilian award in the Republic of India, after the Bharat Ratna, the Padma Vibhushan and the Padma Bhushan. He completed his BA from Government Gandhi Memorial College, Jammu and Masters in Arts from Delhi University. He did his English Literature (Hons) from University of Leeds, England.
His major contribution to Dogri literature was the first English book on the history of Dogri language, “An Introduction to Modern Dogri literature”. The book was later translated into four languages, including Hindi, Dogri, Punjabi and Urdu. His second major contribution was his book “An Introduction to Dogri Folk, Literature, Drama and Art.” He has also gained distinction in novel, essay, story, play, poem and article writings. He translated Sahitya Akademi award winning Assamese novel-Iyaruingam by noted Assemese novelist Birendera Kumar Bhattacharyya.
What are some basic words in this language that I can learn?
"Namaste ji" meaning "Namaskar" in Hindi and "Hello" in English "Baiyi jao" meaning "Sit down" in English "Tuha da ki naa hei" meaning "What is your name" in English "Tarkaalen" meaning "Evening" in English "Badlei" meaning "Morning" in English "Rutti" meaning "Meals" or "Bread" in English "Kuthhe" meaning "Where" in English
What is a simple song/poem/story that I can learn in this language?
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