Tim Bodt

Tim BodtTim (Timotheus) Bodt, better known in Bhutan as ‘Sanggä Dorji’, has a life-long interest and affiliation with the people of the Himalayas, and has previously conducted research, worked and travelled in Tibet, Nepal and primarily Bhutan. He is conversant in Tshangla, Tibetan, Nepali and Dzongkha, and his insight and understanding of the culture and religion of the people is an added asset in conducting the present research.

email: timotheus.bodt — at — isw.unibe.ch

Khispi and Duhumbi

The languages Khispi and Duhumbi, hitherto referred to by outsiders as Lishpa [lispa] ‘people of Lis’ and Chugpa [tɕʰukpa] ‘people of Chuk’, are known to the speakers themselves as Khispi ngak [kʰispi ŋaˀk] ‘the language of the Khis people’ and Duhumbi ngak [Duhumbi ŋaˀk] ‘the language of the Duhum people’. The two are essentially mutually intelligible dialects of the same language without a proper name of its own. The two lects have tentatively been placed in the Kho-Bwa cluster (van Driem 2001), and are the most divergent tongues within this subgroup. Khispi is spoken in six villages in the Chuk valley, whereas Duhumbi is limited to the neighbouring village of Lish and its surrounding hamlets. Both areas fall under Dirang circle of West Kameng district in the Indians state of Arunachal Pradesh. The total number of speakers is approximately 2,100. Tim Bodt’s research will provide the first descriptive grammar of Khispi and Duhumbi and shed light on the linguistic and ethnic history of the area historically known as Monyul.

Publications

  • Bodt, Timotheus Adrianus, and Ismael Lieberherr. 2015. ‘First notes on the phonology and classification of the Bangro language of India’, Linguistics of the Tibeto-Burman Area, 38 (1): 66-123.
  • Bodt, Timotheus Adrianus. 2014. ‘Ethnolinguistic survey of westernmost Arunachal Pradesh: A fieldworker’s impressions’, Linguistics of the Tibeto-Burman Area, 37 (2): 198-239.
  • Bodt, Timotheus Adrianus. 2014. ‘Tshangla phonology and a standard Tshangla orthography’, pp. 393-435 in Nathan Wayne Hill and Thomas Owen-Smith, eds., Trans-Himalayan Linguistics. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
  • Bodt, Timotheus Adrianus. 2012. ༄༅། །འབྲུག་ཤར་ཕྱོགས་ལུང་པ་དང་ཤར་མོན་གྱི་ལོ་རྒྱུས་དང་མི་རིགས་སྐད་རིགས་ལུགས་སྲོལ་ རྣམས་ཀྱི་གསལ་བའི་སྒྲོན་མེ་གསར་པ། ། The New Lamp Clarifying the History, Peoples, Languages and Traditions of Eastern Bhutan and Eastern Mon. Wageningen: Monpasang Publications.
  • Bodt, Timotheus Adrianus. 2007. ‘Community plantations with chir pine Pinus roxburghii (Sarg.) in eastern Bhutan: The role of community preferences, site condition and site location factors’, Sherub Doenme, 7 (1): 31-58.
  • Bodt, Timotheus Adrianus. 2007. ‘The role of the media in achieving a sustainable society’, pp. 459-501 in Media and Public Culture: Proceedings of the Second International Seminar on Bhutan Studies. Thimphu: Centre for Bhutan Studies.
  • Bodt, Timotheus Adrianus, and Tshering Dendup. 2007. གངས་རི་གོང་འཕེལ་མཉམ་འབྲེལ་ཚོགས་པ། ཧི་མ་ལ་ཡའི་ས་ཁོངས་ཀྱི་མ་འོངས་བཙན་ཐབས། (icimod flyer in Dzongkha). Kathmandu: International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development.

 

Lish village

Lish village

Abandoned traditional house in Chuk

Abandoned traditional house in Chuk

Looking south across the Chuk valley

Looking south across the Chuk valley

Looking north from the Chuk valley

Looking north from the Chuk valley

Women in Chuk weaving

Women aligning the thread by using the warping frame in preparation for weaving the tsola, the traditional male dress