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LINGUIST List 24.1549

Fri Apr 05 2013

Books: A Dictionary of the Burman Language: Judson

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

Date: 01-Apr-2013
From: Joyce Reid <jreidcambridge.org>
Subject: A Dictionary of the Burman Language: Judson
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Title: A Dictionary of the Burman Language
Subtitle: With Explanations in English
Published: 2013
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Book URL: http://www.cambridge.org/us/knowledge/isbn/item7082168/A%20Dictionary%20of%20the%20Burman%20Language/?site_locale=en_US

Author: Adoniram Judson
Paperback: ISBN: 9781108056465 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 25.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9781108056465 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 39.99

This is the 1826 edition of the Burmese-English dictionary compiled from a
grammar and other manuscripts written by the American Baptist missionary
Adoniram Judson (1788–1850), with additional content by fellow missionaries
Felix Carey and James Coleman. Prepared by the Baptist Mission Press while
Judson was imprisoned on suspicion of spying in Ava, it is the fruit of his work
towards making the written word an evangelistic tool. He was convinced from
the first that the translation and publication of Christian scriptures and a
familiarity with indigenous languages and customs was the most effective and
enduring form of evangelism, and to this end he published a Burmese New
Testament in 1832. Judson finished compiling his groundbreaking and
comprehensive bilingual dictionary in 1849, shortly before his death. This earlier
work, with headwords in Burmese script followed by English definitions, remains
relevant in historical linguistics.

Preface; Dictionary.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
                            Language Documentation

Subject Language(s): Burmese (mya)

Written In: English (eng)

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