Prof. Dr. Suhnu Ram Sharma

Suhnu Ram SharmaSuhnu Ram Sharma (सुहनू राम शर्मा Suhnū Rām Sharmā) was born in 1947 in the Hamirpur Kangra valley in Himachal Pradesh. He defended his doctoral dissertation on the phonology of Spiti at Kurukshetra University in 1975. He taught Hindi to American Peace Corps from 1970 to 1973 and worked in the dialect survey of Haryana conducted by Kurukshetra University. From 1974 to 1980, Sharma worked as a Linguistics Research Associate of the Anthropological Survey of India, and conducted fieldwork on Wancho in Arunachal Pradesh and on Onge on Little Andaman.

In 1980, Sharma became a Reader in Tibeto-Burman Linguistics at Deccan College in Poona (Puṇe), and then Professor in 2004. Sharma was Head of the Linguistics Department from 1996 to 2004. Sharma managed the Linguistic Society of India in the capacity of Secretary from 1990 to 2005. Sharma retired from Deccan in April 2007, but continues to work toward the completion of his Manchad Grammar. 

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Selected publications

Sharma, Suhnu Ram. 2007. ‘The status of Bunan in the Tibeto-Burman family’, pp. 265-278 in Roland Bielmeier and Felix Haller, eds., Linguistics of the Himalayas and Beyond (Trends in Linguistics Studies and Monographs 196). Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Sharma, Suhnu Ram. 2007. Byangsi Grammar and Vocabulary. Puṇe: Deccan College Post-Graduate and Research Institute.

Sharma, Suhnu Ram. [near completion]. A Grammar of Manchad (Languages of the Greater Himalayan Region). Brill: Leiden.