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Hi! My name is Maaz Shaikh [maːz ʃeːχ] {UR: معاذ شیخ ; HI: माज़ शेख़}. You can also call me by my Ladakhi name Jigmet [dʒɪgmɛt̪] འཇིགས་མེད given by Dr. Rigdzin Angmo. I am a Junior Research Fellow, PhD-ing at the Centre for Linguistics, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, India.

My research interests lie in the fields of Language Documentation and Description, Language Planning and Revitalization, Language Contact, Historical Linguistics, Phonology, and Morphology. My research focuses on the Western Tibetic (Ladakhi-Balti) languages of Ladakh, where I am currently engaged in the documentation of Zangskari, besides being interested in Purik/Purgi, Balti, Sham and Leh Ladakhi. In addition, I have documented Azamgarhi, a unique Indo-Aryan language, which is also my heritage language. Besides, Azamgarhi, I have keen interest in the Indo-Aryan languages of Awadh and Purvanchal regions of the Uttar Pradesh state of India.

I'm committed to creating comprehensive and representative records of languages, especially endangered and un(der)documented languages, and ensuring that these records are accessible to the appropriate audiences—especially the communities that speak these languages or somehow are related to them. Furthermore, since documentary linguistics and language revitalization are complementary activities, I also aim to help the community develop creative methods and techniques of revitalization.

Outside of linguistics, I enjoy gardening, cooking, coffee, cycling, hiking, traveling, reading, and exploring nature.

Recent updates


  • February 1, 2022
My Fieldnotes Podcast interview with Martha Tsutsui Billins: https://fieldnotespod.com/2022/02/01/episode-35-azamgarhi-language-documentation-with-maaz-shaikh/ (Pardon me for my voice, I'd just [partially] recovered from Covid.)
  • November 15, 2021
I submitted my M.Phil. thesis titled Verb Morphology in Awadhi of Azamgarh.

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