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LINGUIST List 17.3342

Wed Nov 15 2006

Books: Discipline of Linguistics: Cannon

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        1.    Joyce Reid, The Life and Mind of Oriental Jones: Cannon


Message 1: The Life and Mind of Oriental Jones: Cannon
Date: 07-Nov-2006
From: Joyce Reid <jreidcup.org>
Subject: The Life and Mind of Oriental Jones: Cannon


Title: The Life and Mind of Oriental Jones
Subtitle: Sir William Jones, the Father of Modern Linguistics
Published: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
                http://us.cambridge.org

Author: Garland Cannon
Paperback: ISBN: 0521025265 Pages: 431 Price: U.S. $ 45.00
Paperback: ISBN: 0521025265 Pages: 431 Price: U.K. £ 24.99
Abstract:

Sir William Jones is best known for his famous Third Discourse of 1786 in
which he proposed that Sanskrit's affinity to Greek and Latin could be
explained by positing a common, earlier source, one known today as
Indo-European. This brilliant thesis of language families laid the
groundwork for modern comparative linguistics. Jones's interests and
achievements, however, ranged far beyond language. He studied and made
contributions to astronomy, botany, history, law, literature, music,
physiology, politics, and religion. He served as a Supreme Court justice in
India and founded the Asiatic Society, which stimulated worldwide interest
in India and the Orient. He was friends with many of the leading
intellectuals of his day and corresponded with Benjamin Franklin in America
and with Burke, Gibbon, Johnson, Percy, and Reynolds in Britain. In his
short life he mastered so many languages that even in his own time he was
regarded as a phenomenon; and so he was.

Garland Cannon, editor of The Letters of Sir William Jones, has written a
new definitive biography of this fascinating man, who in his life and works
teaches us that the path to understanding and appreciating the art and
literature of a great culture very different from our own is through
devoted study, a tolerant spirit, and an unquenchably curious mind.

Preface;
Introduction;
Chronology of Jones's life;
1. A barbanic oriental conqueror (to 1770);
2. Delicate Arab maidens and liquid ruby (1770-1772);
3. Persian Jones and constitutional law (1772-1777);
4. The athenian and eleutherion (1778-1780);
5. An ass laden with gold (1780);
6. Politics: writings and activism (1780-1782);
7. James River property (1782-1783);
8. A vision in the Indian Ocean (1783-1785);
9. A sacred oriental language (1785);
10. A genetic explanation: Indo-European (1786-1787);
11. Sanskrit literary treasures (1787-1788);
12. An Indian renaissance (1789);
13. A burning tropical sun (1790-1791);
14. Scholar-Martyr (1791-1794);
15. Jones today;
Appendix;
Notes;
Selected bibliography;
Index.


Linguistic Field(s): Discipline of Linguistics

Written In: English (eng )

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