The Kulu dialect of Hindi.
Some Notes on its Grammatical Structure, with Specimens of the Songs and Sayings current amongst the People, and a Glossary. Lahore, "Civil and Military Gazette" Press, 1896.
First edition. 8vo, 25 x 18 cm; pp.iv, 107, [1, blank]. Contemporary pebbled cloth, paper labels to spine and upper board; spine label worn, faint creases to upper board. Associated paper ephemera loose at front. Ownership inscription of […] Whymant, Bombay, 1931, and a pencil rupee price to front pastedown.
The first published account of Kului, spoken in the Kullu Valley in modern Himachal Pradesh. Kului is now recognized as a distinct Western Pahari language rather than a dialect of Hindi; a copy with charming later provenance. Diack describes Kului as a spoken rather than written language but does include four examples of Kului songs, "sung at the fairs, of which every hamlet has at least one in the year in honour of its god". This grammar was put together from notes Diack made "during his tours in the Kulu Subdivision, and during the trial of cases in his court, opportunities which, though most valuable, did not, owing to the routine of official work, allow of exhaustive linguistic research". He acknowledged the assistance he received during its compilation from his fellow I.C.S. Officer, Edward O'Brien, who was preparing his own work on the Kangra dialects. After completing the resettlement of the land revenue of the Kullu Valley 1888-92, Diack became Chief Secretary to the Punjab Government and Settlement Commissioner for the Punjab.