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LINGUIST List 23.2614

Tue Jun 05 2012

Books: Specimens of Languages of India: Campbell

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Date: 05-Jun-2012
From: Joyce Reid <jreidcambridge.org>
Subject: Specimens of Languages of India: Campbell
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Title: Specimens of Languages of India
Subtitle: Including those of the Aboriginal Tribes of Bengal, the Central Provinces, and the Eastern Frontier
Published: 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
                http://us.cambridge.org

Author: George Campbell
Paperback: ISBN: 9781108046084 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 19.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9781108046084 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 29.99
Abstract:

This 1874 work by Sir George Campbell, a British government official whose
Scheme for the Government of India is also reissued in this series, presents a
survey of the diverse languages of India, using material obtained usually by
British army officers trained by Campbell to collect 'specimens' in the course of
their normal work. The tabular material is presented with the English words or
phrases in one column and their equivalent in the Indian language under
discussion in another: most of the languages are represented by more than one
dialect, such as the 'Punjabee of Lahore' and the 'Punjabee of Mooltan'. In his
introduction to the work, Campbell emphasises that the survey is not scientific,
and his main conclusion is that in addition to the broad division of Aryan and
Dravidian language types, India contains a huge number of 'aboriginal'
languages which will require further study.

Introduction; 1. Aryan languages of Bengal, Hindustan, and the Bombay
territories; 2. Languages of the Punjab and neighbouring countries; 3. Dravidian
languages of Southern and Central India; 4. Dialects of Behar; 5. Aboriginal
languages of Western Bengal (Kolarian type); 6. Further aboriginal languages of
Western Bengal (chiefly Dravidian type); 7. Aboriginal languages of the Central
Provinces (Kolarian and Dravidian); 8. Further aboriginal languages of the
Central Provinces (Dravidian, chiefly Gond); 9. Thibetan and Bhootea
languages: 10. Cooch Behar, Darjeeling (Sikhim), and Nepalese languages; 11.
Assam languages; 12. Languages of the Tipperah, Chittagong, and Cachar
frontier; 13. Further languages from Tipperah and Cachar; 14. Languages of hills
surrounding Assam and Cachar; 15. Languages of the North-East of Assam; 16.
Dialects of Naga tribes of the Seebsaugor frontier; 17. Languages of the Khasi
and Jynteah Hills; 18. Languages of Burmah compared with others.


Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
                            Language Documentation
                            Typology
Language Family(ies): Dravidian
                            Indo-Aryan

Written In: English (eng)

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