LINGUIST List 24.1172

Fri Mar 08 2013

Books: A Grammar of the Bengal Language: Halhed

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Subject: A Grammar of the Bengal Language: Halhed
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Title: A Grammar of the Bengal LanguagePublication Year: 2013Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Author: Nathaniel Brassey Halhed

Paperback: ISBN: 9781108056359 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 17.99Paperback: ISBN: 9781108056359 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 28.99


The language of Bangladesh, West Bengal and parts of Tripura and Assam,Bengali is an Indo-Aryan language originating from Sanskrit. With over 230million speakers, it is the sixth most spoken language in the world today.Published in 1778, this was one of the first grammars of Bengali evercompiled. The English orientalist Nathaniel Brassey Halhed (1751–1830)prepared the work during his employment with the East India Company, in orderto facilitate communication between his colleagues and the weaving districtsof Bengal. It provides detailed and descriptive accounts of all aspects of thelanguage, from its alphabet to its systems of agreement, case and tense, aswell as its numerals, verbs and word order. The work was considered to begroundbreaking because Halhed made the first steps towards identifying theIndo-European language family, making it of lasting relevance to languagetypologists today.


Preface1. Of the elements2. Of nouns3. Of pronouns4. Of verbs5. Of attributes and relations6. Of numbers7. Of syntax8. Of orthoepy and versificationAppendix.

Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation

Subject Language(s): Bengali (ben)

Written In: English (eng)

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