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Books: A Dictionary and Grammar of the Malayan Language: Marsden

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Title: A Dictionary and Grammar of the Malayan LanguagePublication Year: 2013Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Author: William Marsden

Paperback: ISBN: 9781108055093 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 52.00Paperback: ISBN: 9781108055093 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 80.00


Published in 1812, this study of Malay in its written form was begun duringWilliam Marsden's service with the East India Company in Sumatra (1771–9). Hecontinued his textual work in England upon his return, thus putting hispractical knowledge into a solid scholarly frame. An expert in Asian languagesand an outstanding Malay scholar in the English-speaking world, Marsden(1754–1836) was a fellow of the Royal Society from 1783 and later itsvice-president and treasurer. This work is distinctive for its substantialMalay–English section, and for the use of examples from original Malay textscollected by the author. Despite being superseded by subsequent dictionaries,it is still a highly regarded and valuable source of information, especiallyabout older, specialised and regional terms. The introduction provides thereader with a history of the Malayan language, including its spread, usage andregional variations.


Part I. A Grammar of the Malay LanguageIntroduction1. The Malayan alphabet2. Of consonants and vowels3. Orthographical marks4. Division of words5. Parts of speech6. Nouns7. Adjectives8. Comparison of adjectives9. Numerals10. Pronouns11. Demonstrative or definitive;12. Verbs13. Verbs substantive14. Distinctions and relations of the verb15. Inflexions of the transitive verb16. Inflexions of the intransitive verb;17. Adverbs or modals18. Prepositions or directives19. Conjunctives20. Interjections or exclamations21. Particles22. Of syntax23. Of dialects24. Of prosody25. Praxis

Part II. A Dictionary of the Malay LanguagePrefaceThe Malayan alphabetDictionary.

Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation

Subject Language(s): Malay, Standard (zsm)

Written In: English (eng)

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