Dialect Differences and Social Stratification in a North Indian Village1


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    The data for this study were collected during a two year stay in India under a Ford Foundation fellowship. Morris E. Opler and the staff of the Cornell University Field Project provided quarters in the village. The author is especially indebted to John T. Hitchcock for data on friendships among Rajputs, Pauline Mahar for information on Sweepers and on ritual caste ranking, and Michael Mahar for data on Chamnrs and Shoemakers. Thanks are also due to David G. Mandelbaum and Sarah Ann Robinson for many helpful comments.