LINGUIST List 24.1549

Fri Apr 05 2013

Books: A Dictionary of the Burman Language: Judson

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Date: 01-Apr-2013
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Subject: A Dictionary of the Burman Language: Judson
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Title: A Dictionary of the Burman Language Subtitle: With Explanations in English Published: 2013 Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Author: Adoniram Judson Paperback: ISBN: 9781108056465 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 25.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9781108056465 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 39.99

This is the 1826 edition of the Burmese-English dictionary compiled from agrammar and other manuscripts written by the American Baptist missionaryAdoniram Judson (1788–1850), with additional content by fellow missionariesFelix Carey and James Coleman. Prepared by the Baptist Mission Press whileJudson was imprisoned on suspicion of spying in Ava, it is the fruit of his worktowards making the written word an evangelistic tool. He was convinced fromthe first that the translation and publication of Christian scriptures and afamiliarity with indigenous languages and customs was the most effective andenduring form of evangelism, and to this end he published a Burmese NewTestament in 1832. Judson finished compiling his groundbreaking andcomprehensive bilingual dictionary in 1849, shortly before his death. This earlierwork, with headwords in Burmese script followed by English definitions, remainsrelevant in historical linguistics.

Preface; Dictionary.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics                             Language Documentation
Subject Language(s): Burmese (mya)
Written In: English (eng)

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