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LINGUIST List 24.1172

Fri Mar 08 2013

Books: A Grammar of the Bengal Language: Halhed

Editor for this issue: Rebekah McClure <rebekahlinguistlist.org>

Date: 01-Mar-2013
From: Joyce Reid <jreidcambridge.org>
Subject: A Grammar of the Bengal Language: Halhed
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Title: A Grammar of the Bengal Language
Publication Year: 2013
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Book URL: http://www.cambridge.org/us/knowledge/isbn/item7087169/A%20Grammar%20of%20the%20Bengal%20Language/?site_locale=en_US

Author: Nathaniel Brassey Halhed

Paperback: ISBN: 9781108056359 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 17.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9781108056359 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 28.99


The language of Bangladesh, West Bengal and parts of Tripura and Assam,
Bengali is an Indo-Aryan language originating from Sanskrit. With over 230
million speakers, it is the sixth most spoken language in the world today.
Published in 1778, this was one of the first grammars of Bengali ever
compiled. The English orientalist Nathaniel Brassey Halhed (1751–1830)
prepared the work during his employment with the East India Company, in order
to facilitate communication between his colleagues and the weaving districts
of Bengal. It provides detailed and descriptive accounts of all aspects of the
language, from its alphabet to its systems of agreement, case and tense, as
well as its numerals, verbs and word order. The work was considered to be
groundbreaking because Halhed made the first steps towards identifying the
Indo-European language family, making it of lasting relevance to language
typologists today.


1. Of the elements
2. Of nouns
3. Of pronouns
4. Of verbs
5. Of attributes and relations
6. Of numbers
7. Of syntax
8. Of orthoepy and versification

Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation

Subject Language(s): Bengali (ben)

Written In: English (eng)

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