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LINGUIST List 24.1575

Sat Apr 06 2013

Books: A Dictionary of the Malay Tongue: Howison

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

Date: 01-Apr-2013
From: Joyce Reid <jreidcambridge.org>
Subject: A Dictionary of the Malay Tongue: Howison
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Title: A Dictionary of the Malay Tongue
Subtitle: In Two Parts, to Which Is Prefixed a Grammar of that Language
Publication Year: 2013
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Book URL: http://www.cambridge.org/us/knowledge/isbn/item7082187/A%20Dictionary%20of%20the%20Malay%20Tongue/?site_locale=en_US

Author: James Howison

Paperback: ISBN: 9781108056366 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 33.00
Paperback: ISBN: 9781108056366 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 49.99


Published in 1801, this work is largely based on the first Malay-English
dictionary, published 100 years earlier by Thomas Bowrey. A member of the
Asiatic Society, although not recognised as a Malay scholar, James Howison
seems to have lent his name to this version, produced in order to fill the gap
caused by the scarcity of copies of the earlier dictionary. Since the British
East India Company established a presence in the Malay Peninsula in 1786, the
need for a compendium of working Malay had greatly increased. This reissue
brings together the two parts of the dictionary in one volume for
bidirectional coverage, and it includes the transliteration, though flawed, of
the Arabic script of Jawi. Although superseded by William Marsden's 1812
dictionary and grammar (also reissued in this series), this nevertheless
remains an interesting historical document, offering insight into the early
colonial study of a language.


A grammar of the Malay tongue
A vocabulary of the Malay tongue, Part I: English and Malay
A vocabulary of the Malay tongue, Part II: Malay and English.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Language Documentation

Subject Language(s): Malay (zlm)

Written In: English (eng)

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