Greece 24 Nov, 2008. On 7-9 November the event in Thessaloniki, Greece, was the International Conference on Language Documentation and Tradition, with a special interest in the Kalasha of the Hindu Kush Valleys. Professor Elizabeth Mela-Athanasopoulou, who has been working on the Kalasha language with Kalasha author Mr. Talim Khan Bazik, organized this very successful Conference. Five key note speakers and forty-two researchers from around the world came to Thessaloniki to speak in the Conference. Four workshops were organized for the benefit of university students.
The highlights of the Conference included two talks by Professor Elizabeth Mela-athanasopoulou: 1. A morphophonological description of Kalasha as an Indo-Aryan language with Greek roots. where the connection between Ancient Greek and Kalasha is proven by hundreds of examples. 2. The Kalasha woman today, an anthropological account of the role of the Kalasha woman in the Kalasha society in the Valleys.
Mr. Talim Khan Bazik presented his paper on a Demographic Research of Kalasha speakers today.
The Conference ended on Sunday 9 November 2008 with a trip to the Museum in Vergina where the grave of Philip (Alexander’s father) was unearthed a few year ago, and the conference participants had the opportunity to admire its treasures.
Professor Mela-Athanasopoulou and Talim Khan continue their work on the analysis of the Kalasha language and they hope to bring to light much more linguistic evidence.
Note: The source of News is Kalashapeople.org (By Mr.Talim Khan Culture Research Officer of Kalash People’s Development Network)