American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Variant of Dard.
- n. any of a group of Indic languages spoken in Kashmir and eastern Afghanistan and northern Pakistan
“In the Northern Areas of Pakistan different group of such tribes, known as Dardic people are known from their graves.”
“The Kalash, or "Wearers of the Black Robe," are a Dardic people whose ancestry is enveloped in mystery: a legend says that five soldiers of the legions of Alexander the Great settled in Chitral, and are the progenitors of the Kalash.”
“Khowar, a Dardic language of Indo-Aryan group, is the mother tongue of the population in Chitral.”
“Gilgit, Chitral and Kashmir are Dardic, who speak related languages.”
“For Kochhar (2000: 186, 222) "non-RgVedic Aryans" (presumably he means speakers of Dardic or Kafiri languages) arrived around 2000 (or 1700) BC, to be followed by the "actual RgVedic people" in around 1400 BC.”
“Some scholars claim that after 1800 BC, Indo-Aryans entered the narrow Swat valley in the mountain region of northernmost Pakistan, where Dardic languages have been spoken.”
“Meanwhile, the languages of the Kafiri-Nuristani and Dardic language families, spoken in northeastern Afghanistan and northern Pakistan, have forms of Indo-Aryan that are considered earlier than their counterparts in Avestan and the RgVeda (Witzel 1995a:”
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