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This work on Gojri language was taken up in 1973 and the data for this study were collected during two field trips to the Suran Valley of Poonch District in the years 1973 and 1975 in Jammu &. Kashmir State. This work was made possible by the direct and indirect help of many persons.

I am extremely thankful to Dr. D. P. Pattanayak, Director, Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysore, for giving me the opportunity to work on this language.
My ,thanks are due to the following persons from the Gujjar community in J & K who helped me during my stay in the field. in the collection of data and by providing information about the Gujjars: Miya Basir Ahmed, Legislator in the J & K Assembly, Ch.,Mohmed Aslam, the then Minister of State for Animal Husbandry in the Govt. of J & K, Sh. Mohamed Basir Kohli, She A. G. Kohli, She Mohamed Sadiq, Sh. Faiz Mohmed (all from Lassana village in Mendhar Tehsil), Maulvi Mohm"ed Sadiq, Maulvi Mohamed Saffi (from the Kalai village in the Haveli Tehsil), Ch. Hassan Deen and Haq Nawaz (from the Hari village in the Mendhar Tehsil). They made me feel at home in their midst by their personal interest in my comfort and work.

I express my gratitude to the Secretary, Director and the Officials of the Department 'of Education, Government of Jammu & Kashmir.

In the preparation of this Grammar, I particularly thank Dr. E. Annamalai, Professor-cum-Deputy Director, CIIL. for I generously giving his time in reading and finalizing this man-uscript.
I am indebted to my colleagues in the Central Institute of Indian Languages -with whom I had the opportunity to discuss the problems of analysis. I thank Mr. H. L. N. Bharati and staff of the press of Central Institute of Indian Languages, who took pains in seeing the book through the press.

Jagdish Chander Sharma


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