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LINGUIST List 24.1519

Thu Apr 04 2013

Books: A Dictionary and Grammar of the Malayan Language: Marsden

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

Date: 01-Apr-2013
From: Joyce Reid <jreidcambridge.org>
Subject: A Dictionary and Grammar of the Malayan Language: Marsden
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Title: A Dictionary and Grammar of the Malayan Language
Publication Year: 2013
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Book URL: http://www.cambridge.org/us/knowledge/isbn/item7058293/A%20Dictionary%20and%20Grammar%20of%20the%20Malayan%20Language/?site_locale=en_US

Author: William Marsden

Paperback: ISBN: 9781108055093 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 52.00
Paperback: ISBN: 9781108055093 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 80.00


Published in 1812, this study of Malay in its written form was begun during
William Marsden's service with the East India Company in Sumatra (1771–9). He
continued his textual work in England upon his return, thus putting his
practical knowledge into a solid scholarly frame. An expert in Asian languages
and an outstanding Malay scholar in the English-speaking world, Marsden
(1754–1836) was a fellow of the Royal Society from 1783 and later its
vice-president and treasurer. This work is distinctive for its substantial
Malay–English section, and for the use of examples from original Malay texts
collected by the author. Despite being superseded by subsequent dictionaries,
it is still a highly regarded and valuable source of information, especially
about older, specialised and regional terms. The introduction provides the
reader with a history of the Malayan language, including its spread, usage and
regional variations.


Part I. A Grammar of the Malay Language
1. The Malayan alphabet
2. Of consonants and vowels
3. Orthographical marks
4. Division of words
5. Parts of speech
6. Nouns
7. Adjectives
8. Comparison of adjectives
9. Numerals
10. Pronouns
11. Demonstrative or definitive;
12. Verbs
13. Verbs substantive
14. Distinctions and relations of the verb
15. Inflexions of the transitive verb
16. Inflexions of the intransitive verb;
17. Adverbs or modals
18. Prepositions or directives
19. Conjunctives
20. Interjections or exclamations
21. Particles
22. Of syntax
23. Of dialects
24. Of prosody
25. Praxis

Part II. A Dictionary of the Malay Language
The Malayan alphabet

Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation

Subject Language(s): Malay, Standard (zsm)

Written In: English (eng)

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