Claus Peter Zoller

Professor emeritus
Bilde av Claus Peter Zoller
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Treffetider Wednesdays 11 - 12

Faglige interesser

Hindi litteratur og lingvistikk, språk i vestre Himalaya og Nord-Pakistan, performancetradisjoner i Nord-India og Pakistan, samt Romani-lingvistikk.


HIN1110, HIN1120, HIN2110 , HIN4010, HIN4011, SAS3000, SAS4011


  • Studier av klassisk og moderne Indologi, antropologi og tyskstudier
  • PhD med en doktoravhandling om et Indisk-Tibetansk grensespråk
  • Habilitation med en avhandling om språk og stilistikk i et muntlig epos fra Himalaya
  • Ansettelse som assistent professor og senere førsteamanuensis på Universitetene i Heidelberg og Frankfurt

Utvalgte prosjekter

  • Bangani and languages of north-west South Asia
  • A grammar of Indus Kohistani (North Pakistan)
  • A collection of fairy tales from Indus Kohistan (North Pakistan)
  • Hindi Database Project


  • Representant for Heidelberg South Asia Institute i New Delhi.
  • Forskjellige stipend og forskningsprosjekter finansiert av Tysk Akademisk Utskiftningstjeneste (DAAD) og av Tysk Forskningsråd (DFG).


  • South Asia Institute, University of Heidelberg
  • Department of Indology, University of Würzburg
  • South Asia Institute, University of Texas in Austin
  • Computational Linguistics R & D, Special Centre for Sanskrit Studies, Jawahar Lal Nehru University, New Delhi
  • Department of Linguistics, Delhi University, Delhi
  • National School of Drama, New Delhi
  • Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi.
  • Doon Library & Research Centre, Dehra Dun (India)
Emneord: Hindi, Sør-Asia, India, Ritualer

Utvalgte publikasjoner

Forthcoming book

  • Indo-Aryan and the linguistic history and prehistory of North India.

Article in press

  • On synonym compounds in Indo-Aryan (to appear in an anthology in memory of Carla Radloff).

Published works

  • 2018b. “Pagan Christmas: Winter feast of the Kalasha of the Hindu Kush” and the true frontiers of ‘Greater Peristan’. In: Acta Orientalia 79: 163–377. 

  • 2018a. A little known form of untouchability in the Central Himalayas. In: Lutz Edzard, Jens W. Borgland and Ute Hüsken (eds.), Reading slowly: A Festschrift for Jens E. Braarvig. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz.

  • 2017. Traditions of transgressive sacrality (against blasphemy) in Hinduism. In: Acta Orientalia 78: 1–162.

  • 2016b. Outer and Inner Indo-Aryan, and northern India as an ancient linguistic area. In: Acta Orientalia 77: 71–132.

  • 2016a. Proto Indo-European – Indo-Aryan – Himalayan Aryan languages: New perspectives on some old questions. Dehradun: Bishen Singh Mahendra Pal Singh.

  • 2015. The story of Prince Bahrām and Giant Kaṇḍak. In: Anna Aurelia Esposito, Heike Oberlin, B. A. Viveka Rai, Karin Juliana Steiner (eds.), „In ihrer rechten Hand hielt sie ein silbernes Messer mit Glöckchen...“ „In her right hand she held a silver knife with small bells...“: Studien zur indischen Kultur und Literatur Studies in Indian Culture and Literature, pp. 397–412. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag.

  • 2014. Die Pɔṇḍuaṇ: Ein mündliches Mahābhārata Epos aus dem Garhwal Himalaya. Wiesbaden: Harrasowitz Verlag.

  • 2012. Hindi bilingualism and related matters. In Gunvor Mejdell and Lutz Edzard (eds.), High vs. low and mixed varieties: Status, norms and functions across time and languages. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz. 2012: 133-157.
  • 2011. Bangani (in Russian). In G.A. Zograph, T.I. Oranskaia, L.I. Kulikov, P.K. Pandey (eds.), Languages of the world: The New Indo-Aryan languages (Jazyki mira: novye indoarijskie jazyki). Moscow: Academia. 2011: 219-261.
  • 2011. Pahari (in Russian). In G.A. Zograph, T.I. Oranskaia, L.I. Kulikov, P.K. Pandey (eds.), Languages of the world: The New Indo-Aryan languages (Jazyki mira : novye indoarijskie jazyki ). Moscow: Academia. 2011: 195-218.
  • 2010. Aspects of the Early History of Romani. Acta Orientalia 2010:71, 243-312. 
  • 2009. Genitive Marking of Subjects in West Pahari. Acta Orientalia 2008:69, 121-151.
  • 2007. Is Bangani a V2 Language? European Bulletin of Himalayan Research 2007:31, 83-141.
  • 2007. Himalayan Heroes. In Brückner, Heidrun, Hugh van Skyhawk and Claus Peter Zoller (eds.), The Concept of Hero in Indian Culture; pp. 237-274. New Delhi: Manohar.
  • 2005. A Grammar and Dictionary of Indus Kohistani. Volume 1: Dictionary. Trends in Linguistics, Documentation 21-1. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
  • 2004. Kabir and ritualized language. Acta Orientalia 2004:65, 33-68.
  • 2001. On the relationship between folk and classical traditions in South Asia. European Bulletin of Himalayan Research 2001:20-1, 77-104.
  • 1999. An Indian myth on the creation of death and life. In Schömbucher, Elisabeth and Claus Peter Zoller (eds.), Ways of Dying: Death and its meanings in South Asia; pp. 205-232. New Delhi: Manohar.
  • 1999. 'My mother an Apsara, the father a Kshatriya, my uncle the son of a Gandharva': Humour in the oral poetry of the Himalaya. In Oesterheld, Christina and Claus Peter Zoller (eds.), Of Clowns and Gods, Brahmans and Babus: Humour in South Asian Literatures; pp. 169-181. New Delhi: Manohar.
    Publisert 30. aug. 2005 00:00 - Sist endret 16. aug. 2022 17:02