A Comparative Grammar of the Dravidian or South-Indian Family of Languages: Caldwell

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Dravidianists on this listserv will be interested to note that Caldwell's
"A Comparative Grammar of the Dravidian or South-Indian Family of
Languages" originally published in 1856, reprinted in 1961, has been
reprinted by LINCOM.  There is no mention of the fact that this is a
reprint of a book originally published in the mid-19th century!

This notice appeared on Linguist-List:

Title: A Comparative Grammar of the Dravidian or South-Indian Family
of Languages
Series Title: LINCOM Gramatica 14
Published: 2010
Publisher: Lincom GmbH

Author: Robert A Caldwell
Paperback: ISBN: 9783895861352 Pages: 686 Price: Europe EURO 88.20

The idioms which are included under the general term 'Dravidian',
constitute the vernacular speech of the great majority of the inhabitants
of Southern India. It is the object of the following work to examine and
compare the grammatical principles and forms of the various Dravidian
languages. In pursuing this object, it will be the writer's endeavor to
point out everything which appears likely to throw any light on the
question of the relation which the family of languages bears to the
principal families or groups into which the languages of Europe and Asia
have been divided (from the Introduction of the 3rd edition, 1913, London)


Use of the Common Term 'Dravidian'

Enumeration of Dravidian Languages (Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, Canarese,
Tulu, Kudagu or Coorg, Tuda, Kôta, Gond, Khond or Ku, Oraon)

Comparative Grammar:
Part I : Sounds (Alphabet, system of sounds)
Part II: Roots
Part III: The Noun
Part IV: The Numerals
Part V: The Pronoun
Part VI: The Verb
Part VII: Glossarial Affinities

This re-edition has been published as no. 14 in the LINCOM Gramatica
(LINGram) series (originally published 1913, 3rd edition, written in English).

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
                           Dravidian Languages
                           General Linguistics
Language Family(ies): Dravidian

Written In: English (eng )

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 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

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