24.1903, Books: A Grammar of the High Dialect of the Tamil Language, Termed Shen-Tamil: Beschi, Babington (Trans)

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Date: Thu, 02 May 2013 09:55:58
From: Joyce Reid [jreid at cambridge.org]
Subject: A Grammar of the High Dialect of the Tamil Language, Termed Shen-Tamil: Beschi, Babington (Trans)

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 Title: A Grammar of the High Dialect of the Tamil Language, Termed
Shen-Tamil 
Subtitle: To Which is Added, an Introduction to Tamil Poetry 
Publication Year: 2013 
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
	   http://us.cambridge.org
	

Book URL: http://www.cambridge.org/us/knowledge/isbn/item7058281/?site_locale=en_US 


Author: C. G. Beschi
Translated by: B. G. Babington

Paperback: ISBN:  9781108055116 Pages:  Price: U.K. £ 17.99
Paperback: ISBN:  9781108055116 Pages:  Price: U.S. $ 28.99


Abstract:

Published in 1822, but completed in manuscript form almost 100 
years earlier, this work was designed to accompany Beschi's earlier 
Grammar of Common Tamil. While the latter enabled the student to 
speak the language, this reissue offers a way into reading Tamil's 
classical literature with its complexity of thought and technique. One 
of the earliest and most distinguished pioneers in the field of Tamil 
studies, C. J. Beschi (1680–1747) was a Jesuit missionary in 
Madura, as well as a translator and composer of Tamil poetry. Since 
this treatise was not previously formally printed, this translation by B. 
G. Babington (1794–1866), from the original Latin, is based on a 
collation of texts, transcriptions and copies. In his preface, Babington 
outlines errata and problems stemming from this process, and 
makes explanatory notes where necessary. The work nevertheless 
remains a groundbreaking study of an ancient and complex 
language by a sensitive and thorough scholar and a gifted translator.
 
Contents

Translator's preface
Author's introduction

Part I
1. Of letters
2. Of nouns
3. Of verbs

Part II
1. Of Tamil poetry
2. Of Pa or stanza
3. Of Inam
4. Of the art of Tamil poetry
 

Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation
                     Ling & Literature

Subject Language(s): Tamil (tam)


Written In: English  (eng)

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