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LINGUIST List 24.1903

Thu May 02 2013

Books: A Grammar of the High Dialect of the Tamil Language, Termed Shen-Tamil: Beschi, Babington (Trans)

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

Date: 01-May-2013
From: Joyce Reid <jreidcambridge.org>
Subject: A Grammar of the High Dialect of the Tamil Language, Termed Shen-Tamil: Beschi, Babington (Trans)
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Title: A Grammar of the High Dialect of the Tamil Language, Termed
Subtitle: To Which is Added, an Introduction to Tamil Poetry
Publication Year: 2013
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Book URL: http://www.cambridge.org/us/knowledge/isbn/item7058281/?site_locale=en_US

Author: C. G. Beschi
Translated by: B. G. Babington

Paperback: ISBN: 9781108055116 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 17.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9781108055116 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 28.99


Published in 1822, but completed in manuscript form almost 100
years earlier, this work was designed to accompany Beschi's earlier
Grammar of Common Tamil. While the latter enabled the student to
speak the language, this reissue offers a way into reading Tamil's
classical literature with its complexity of thought and technique. One
of the earliest and most distinguished pioneers in the field of Tamil
studies, C. J. Beschi (1680–1747) was a Jesuit missionary in
Madura, as well as a translator and composer of Tamil poetry. Since
this treatise was not previously formally printed, this translation by B.
G. Babington (1794–1866), from the original Latin, is based on a
collation of texts, transcriptions and copies. In his preface, Babington
outlines errata and problems stemming from this process, and
makes explanatory notes where necessary. The work nevertheless
remains a groundbreaking study of an ancient and complex
language by a sensitive and thorough scholar and a gifted translator.


Translator's preface
Author's introduction

Part I
1. Of letters
2. Of nouns
3. Of verbs

Part II
1. Of Tamil poetry
2. Of Pa or stanza
3. Of Inam
4. Of the art of Tamil poetry

Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation
Ling & Literature

Subject Language(s): Tamil (tam)

Written In: English (eng)

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