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Phonological and Morphological Variations between Lasi and Standard Sindhi
The current study focuses on phonological and morphological variations found in Lasi and Sindhi. This study investigates variations through phonological processes. Sindhi is one of the oldest languages of the world. It belongs to Indo Aryan language family (Ali, Z., 2016). Besides other dialects (Lari, Kachi, Vicholi, Utraadi, Thari), Lasi is one of the dialects of Sindhi (Baloch, 2008). Historically, the Sindhi language has adopted words from different languages, Sanskrit, Persian, Arabic, etc. (Jokhio, 2012). The situation is same with Lasi dialect; it also adopts words from surrounding languages (Asad, 2019). Lasi being has a lot of similarities with Standard Sindhi, but observation of the researchers (Asad, 2019; Azam, 2018) shows that there are also variations between the two. To show and verify these variations, the researchers have analysed the examples from Lasi and Standard Sindhi. This study is a qualitative research, and the data are collected through interviews, discussions, observations, online available dictionaries and other internet sources are also used. Findings show that Lasi speakers have gone through various phonological and morphological processes to make the changes in the words of Sindhi for their ease of communication, and it is also observed that in some cases Sindhi speakers are doing the same things as well. To find out the reasons of such variations, the researchers studied the origin version of words from online dictionary by Turner (2000) and verified through it. Deletion, insertion, palatalization, nasalization, vowel lengthening etc. were seen in such variations between the dialects. The other dialects of the Sindhi language are also briefly explained in the next sections of the paper.
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