Ruth Laila Schmidt

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Academic Interests

Urdu language and literature, Pakistan: social and cultural conditions, linguistic structure; Shina language

Higher education and employment history

1994-2007 Professor of Urdu, University of Oslo
1992-1994, 1982-83, 1979-1980 Field director, University of California Berkeley Urdu Language Program (Lahore, Pakistan).
Ph.D., Oriental studies, University of Pennsylvania
M.A., Linguistics, Columbia University
B.A., Near Eastern Languages, University of California, Berkeley


Daudpota Environmental Education Prize, 1996 (together with Razwal Kohistani) for an environmental primer in the Shina language



Razwal Kohistani is the foremost Shina-speaking researcher on Indus Kohistan. He is Assistant Manager for Finance and Administration in World Wildlife Fund for Nature-Pakistan and is also coordinator for research and publication of the Shina Research Forum-Karakorum in Pakistan.
Mohammad Manzar Zarin was until his retirement a field assistant with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees in Peshawar, Pakistan. He is a Shina speaker who has worked with many foreign researchers.

Tags: South Asia


  • Schmidt, Ruth Laila (2013). The Transformation of a Naga Prince Tale. Oriental Archive.  ISSN 0044-8699.  81(1), s 1- 15
  • Schmidt, Ruth Laila & Kaul, Vijay Kumar (2010). A Grammatical Sketch of Guresi Shina, In Klaus Karttunen (ed.),  Anantam Sastram: Indological and Linguistic Studies in Honour of Bertil Tikkanen.  Finnish Oriental Society.  ISBN 978-951-9380-74-2.  Kapittel.  s 195 - 214
  • Schmidt, Ruth Laila & Kaul, Vijay Kumar (2008). A comparative analysis of Shina and Kashmiri Vocabularies. Acta Orientalia.  ISSN 0001-6438.  69, s 231- 302
  • Schmidt, Ruth Laila & Kohistani, Razwal (2008). The Mirror of Writing, In Israr ud Din (ed.),  Proceedings of the Third International Hindu Kush Cultural Conference.  Oxford University Press.  ISBN 978-0-19-579889-0.  Artikkel.  s 283 - 287
  • Schmidt, Ruth Laila & Zarin, Mohammad Manzar (2008). Narratives of Blood Enmity in Indus kohistan. Journal of Asian Civilizations.  ISSN 1993-4696.  31(1, 2), s 260- 295
  • Cacopardo, Alberto M. & Schmidt, Ruth Laila (2006). Foreword, In Alberto M. Cacopardo & Ruth Laila Schmidt (ed.),  My Heartrendingly Tragic Story. Shaikh Muhammad Abdullah Khan 'Azar'.  Novus Forlag.  ISBN 82-7099-432-4.  Foreword.  s v - x
  • Schmidt, Ruth Laila & Kohistani, Razwal (2006). Shina in contemporary Pakistan, In Anju Saxena & Lars Borin (ed.),  Trends in Linguistics. Lesser Known Languages of South Asia.  Mouton de Gruyter.  ISBN 978-3-11-018976-6.  kapittel.  s 137 - 160
  • Schmidt, Ruth Laila (2006). A Naga-Prince Tale in Kohistan. Acta Orientalia.  ISSN 0001-6438.  67
  • Schmidt, Ruth Laila (2004). A Grammatical Comparison of Shina Dialects, In Anju Saxena (ed.),  Himalayan Languages Past and Present. Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs 149.  Mouton de Gruyter.  ISBN 3-11-017841-9.  2.  s 33 - 55 Show summary
  • Schmidt, Ruth Laila (2004). Compound verbs in the Shina of Kohistan. Acta Orientalia.  ISSN 0001-6438.  65 Show summary
  • Schmidt, Ruth Laila (2004). Urdu, I: Karen Gammelgaard; Gunvor Mejdell & Rune Svarverud (red.),  Standardspråk underveis - Historien til åtte orientalske og østeuropeiske språk.  Unipub forlag.  ISBN 82-7477-170-2.  7.  s 115 - 133
  • Schmidt, Ruth Laila (2003). Converbs in a Kohistani Shina Narrative. Acta Orientalia.  ISSN 0001-6438.  64, s 137- 152 Show summary
  • Schmidt, Ruth Laila (2003). The oral history of the Darmá lineage of Indus Kohistan. European Bulletin of Himalayan Research.  ISSN 0943-8254.  24(spring) Show summary
  • Schmidt, Ruth Laila (2003). Urdu, In George Cardona & Dhanesh K. Jain (ed.),  The Indo-Aryan Languages.  Routledge.  ISBN 0-7007-1130-9.  8.  s 286 - 350
  • Schmidt, Ruth Laila (2002). National Languages of India and Pakistan, In Heinz Werner Wessler; Lars Kjærholm & Niels Brimnes (ed.),  Vasco da Gama. Avatars of Indian Modernity.  Manoharlal, Delhi.  s 53 - 81
  • Schmidt, Ruth Laila (2001). Compound tenses in the Shina of Indus Kohistan, In Dirk W. Lönne (ed.),  Tohfa-e-Dil: Festschrift Helmut Nespital.  Inge Wezler, Verlag für Orientalische Fachpublikationen, Reinbek.  ISBN 3-88587-033-9.  s 433 - 452 Show summary
  • Schmidt, Ruth Laila & Kohistani, Razwal (2001). Nominal inflections in the Shina of Indus Kohistan. Acta Orientalia.  ISSN 0001-6438.  62 Show summary
  • Schmidt, Ruth Laila (2000). Typology of Shina Pronouns. Berliner indologische Studien.  ISSN 0935-0004.  13/14, s 201- 213 Show summary
  • Schmidt, Ruth Laila & Kohistani, Razwal (1998). Páalus /kostyõ/ Shina revisited. Acta Orientalia.  ISSN 0001-6438.  59, s 106- 149 Show summary
  • Schmidt, Ruth Laila (1985). Research note on women and health care in rural Pakistan. Social Science and Medicine.  ISSN 0277-9536.  17(7), s 419- 420
  • Schmidt, Ruth Laila & Koul, Omkar Nath (1983). Dardistan revisited: an examination of the relationship between Kashmiri and Shina, In Omkar Nath Koul & Peter E. Hook (ed.),  Aspects of Kashmiri Linguistics.  Bahri Publications, New Delhi.  s 1 - 26
  • Schmidt, Ruth Laila (1981). Report on a survey of Dardic dialects of Kashmir. Indian linguistics.  ISSN 0378-0759.  42, s 17- 21
  • Schmidt, Ruth Laila & Zarin, M.M. (1981). The phonology and tonal system of Palas /kohis'tyõ:/ Shina. Münchner Studien zur Sprachwissenschaft.  40, s 155- 185
  • Schmidt, Ruth Laila (1978). Symbolic fields in Nepalese religious iconography: a preliminary investigation, I: James Fisher (red.),  Himalayan Anthropology: The Indo-Tibetan Interface.  Mouton, The Hague.  s 447 - 460
  • Schmidt, Ruth Laila (1976). The Nepali system of honorific registers. Kailash.  ISSN 0377-7499.  4(3), s 213- 228

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  • Schmidt, Ruth Laila & Kohistani, Razwal (ed.) (2008). A Grammar of the Shina Language of Indus Kohistan. Harrassowitz Verlag.  ISBN 978-3-447-05676-2.
  • Cacopardo, Alberto M. & Schmidt, Ruth Laila (ed.) (2006). My Heartrendingly Tragic Story. Shaikh Muhammad Abdullah Khan 'Azar'. Novus Forlag.  ISBN 82-7099-432-4.  315 s.
  • Schmidt, Ruth Laila (1999). Urdu: An Essential Grammar. Routledge.  ISBN 0-415-16380-3.  355 s. Show summary
  • Schmidt, Ruth Laila & Kohistani, Razwal (red.) (1999). Shina Proverbs. Shina Research Forum-Karakoram.  64 s. Show summary
  • Kohistani, Razwal & Schmidt, Ruth Laila (1996). Shina Environmental Primer. Himalayan Jungle Project, Islamabad.  58 s.
  • Schmidt, Ruth Laila & Siddiqi, Tehsin (1994). Grammar Drills and Exercises with Grammar Notes to Accompany G.C. Narang's Readings in Literary Urdu Prose. Nirali Kitaben.  45 s.
  • Schmidt, Ruth Laila (1993). A Practical Dictionary of Modern Nepali. Ratna Sagar.  ISBN 81-7070-172-4.  1055 s.
  • Schmidt, Ruth Laila & Zarin, Muhammad Manzar (1984). Discussions with Hariq: Land Tenure and Transhumance in Indus Kohistan. University of California Center for South Asia Studies Working Papers.  70 s.
  • Koul, Omkar Nath & Schmidt, Ruth Laila (1983). Kashmiri: A Sociolinguistic Survey. Indian Institute of Language Studies, Patiala.  72 s.
  • Schmidt, Ruth Laila; Koul, Omkar Nath & Kaul, Vijay Kumar (1983). Kohistani to Kashmiri: An Annotated Bibliography of Dardic Languages. Indian Institute of Language Studies, Patiala.  78 s.
  • Schmidt, Ruth Laila (1981). Dakhini Urdu: History and Structure. Bahri Publications.  110 s.
  • Schmidt, Ruth Laila (1969). A Nepali Conversation manual. University of Pennsylvania South Asia Regional Studies.  139 s.

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  • Schmidt, Ruth Laila (2011). Almuth Degener, Shina-Texte aus Gilgit (Nord Pakistan). Sprichwörter und Materialen zum Volkesglauben, gesammelt von Amin Zia. Zeitschrift der Deutschen Morgenländischen Gesellschaft.  ISSN 0341-0137.  161(1), s 232- 236
  • Schmidt, Ruth Laila (2006). Lexical and Grammatical Properties of Accent in Kohistani Shina. Show summary
  • Schmidt, Ruth Laila (2006). Transformation of a Naga-Prince Tale. Show summary
  • Schmidt, Ruth Laila (2004). Review of Morgenstierne, Georg et al., A New Etymological Vocabulary of Pashto. Acta Orientalia.  ISSN 0001-6438.  65
  • Schmidt, Ruth Laila (2004). Utdannelsen er nøkkelen. Aftenposten (morgenutg. : trykt utg.).  ISSN 0804-3116.  s 16- 16
  • Schmidt, Ruth Laila & Fosse, Lars Martin (2004). Afghanske antikviteter og ulovlig handel. Morgenbladet.  ISSN 0805-3847.  s 32- 32 . doi: 24092004
  • Schmidt, Ruth Laila & Fosse, Lars Martin (2004). Plyndring og salg av kulturminner. Morgenbladet.  ISSN 0805-3847.  s 21- 21 . doi: 08102004
  • Schmidt, Ruth Laila (2002). Review of Cacopardo, A.M. & A.S. Cacopardo, Gates of Peristan. Acta Orientalia.  ISSN 0001-6438.  63
  • Schmidt, Ruth Laila (1999). Kompendium til bruk ved Glassman, Spoken Urdu.
  • Schmidt, Ruth Laila (1999). Review of Kashmiri: a cognitive-descriptive grammar. South Asian Language Review.  ISSN 0971-0485.
  • Schmidt, Ruth Laila & Kohistani, Razwal (1995). The Mirror of writing: the role played by orthography in the arbitrariness of phonemic solutions.
  • Schmidt, Ruth Laila (1993). Matthews, David, A Course in Nepali. Indo-Iranian Journal.  ISSN 0019-7246.  36, s 76- 81
  • Schmidt, Ruth Laila (1985). Morphological criteria for distinguishing categories of transitivity in Shina.
  • Schmidt, Ruth Laila (1984). Investigation of tonal contrasts in two Shina dialects.
  • Schmidt, Ruth Laila (1984). The Shina speakers of Pakistan and India, In R.V. Weekes (ed.),  Muslim Peoples: A World Ethnographic Survey.  Greenwood Press.  s 678 - 684
  • Schmidt, Ruth Laila (1983). Where have the Shina speakers come from? Some linguistic clues.
  • Schmidt, Ruth Laila (1976). Review of Erik Eckholm, Losing Ground: Environmental Stress and World Food Prospects. Nepal Studies Association Bulletin.  ISSN 0891-4826.  11, s 10- 14

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