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Tue Jun 05 2012

Books: Specimens of Languages of India: Campbell

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Date: 05-Jun-2012
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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

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

This 1874 work by Sir George Campbell, a British government official whoseScheme for the Government of India is also reissued in this series, presents asurvey of the diverse languages of India, using material obtained usually byBritish army officers trained by Campbell to collect 'specimens' in the course oftheir normal work. The tabular material is presented with the English words orphrases in one column and their equivalent in the Indian language underdiscussion in another: most of the languages are represented by more than onedialect, such as the 'Punjabee of Lahore' and the 'Punjabee of Mooltan'. In hisintroduction 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 andDravidian language types, India contains a huge number of 'aboriginal'languages which will require further study.

Introduction; 1. Aryan languages of Bengal, Hindustan, and the Bombayterritories; 2. Languages of the Punjab and neighbouring countries; 3. Dravidianlanguages of Southern and Central India; 4. Dialects of Behar; 5. Aboriginallanguages of Western Bengal (Kolarian type); 6. Further aboriginal languages ofWestern Bengal (chiefly Dravidian type); 7. Aboriginal languages of the CentralProvinces (Kolarian and Dravidian); 8. Further aboriginal languages of theCentral Provinces (Dravidian, chiefly Gond); 9. Thibetan and Bhootealanguages: 10. Cooch Behar, Darjeeling (Sikhim), and Nepalese languages; 11.Assam languages; 12. Languages of the Tipperah, Chittagong, and Cacharfrontier; 13. Further languages from Tipperah and Cachar; 14. Languages of hillssurrounding Assam and Cachar; 15. Languages of the North-East of Assam; 16.Dialects of Naga tribes of the Seebsaugor frontier; 17. Languages of the Khasiand 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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