LINGUIST List 24.1575

Sat Apr 06 2013

Books: A Dictionary of the Malay Tongue: Howison

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Date: 01-Apr-2013
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Subject: A Dictionary of the Malay Tongue: Howison
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Title: A Dictionary of the Malay TongueSubtitle: In Two Parts, to Which Is Prefixed a Grammar of that LanguagePublication Year: 2013Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Author: James Howison

Paperback: ISBN: 9781108056366 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 33.00Paperback: ISBN: 9781108056366 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 49.99


Published in 1801, this work is largely based on the first Malay-Englishdictionary, published 100 years earlier by Thomas Bowrey. A member of theAsiatic Society, although not recognised as a Malay scholar, James Howisonseems to have lent his name to this version, produced in order to fill the gapcaused by the scarcity of copies of the earlier dictionary. Since the BritishEast India Company established a presence in the Malay Peninsula in 1786, theneed for a compendium of working Malay had greatly increased. This reissuebrings together the two parts of the dictionary in one volume forbidirectional coverage, and it includes the transliteration, though flawed, ofthe Arabic script of Jawi. Although superseded by William Marsden's 1812dictionary and grammar (also reissued in this series), this neverthelessremains an interesting historical document, offering insight into the earlycolonial study of a language.


AdvertisementPrefaceA grammar of the Malay tongueA vocabulary of the Malay tongue, Part I: English and MalayA vocabulary of the Malay tongue, Part II: Malay and English.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics Language Documentation

Subject Language(s): Malay (zlm)

Written In: English (eng)

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