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TURNER, R.L. A Comparative Dictionary of the Indo-Aryan Languages. London : Oxford University Press, 1966. First Printing. Pp. [i]-xx,-841,(3). Double column. Large 4to, green cloth with gilt lettering to spine.
"Indo-aryan is the term applied to that branch of Indo-European languages which was brought into India by the Aryans and of which the oldest recorded form is to be found in the hymns of Rgveda. From this there developed on the one hand a literary medium, called Sanskrit, which has been the vehicle down almost to the present day of a vast literature; and on the other hand a great range of spoken forms which, used by hundreds of millions, have emerged as the chief languages (excluding the Dravidian of southern India) of the whole of Pakistan, India, Nepal and Ceylon: Sindhi, Lahnda or Western Panjabi, Panjabi, Kashmiri, Western and Central Pahari, Nepali, Assemese, Bengali, Oriya, Bihari, Maithili, Awadhi, Hindi and Urdu, Rajasthani dialects, Gujarati, Marathi, Konkani, Sinhalese. Indo-aryan languages with many archaic features - the Kafiri and Dardic dialects - are still spoken in the valleys of the Hindu Kush on both sides of the Afghan-Pakistan border, while the Gypsies of Europe and Asia, like the Doms and Hunza, still use forms of the Indo-aryan dialect they brought out of India. In the far south Sinhalese was carried fromC eylon out into the Indian Ocean to the Maldive Islands.
In this book, originally planned to be a volume of the Linguistic Survey of India, the author has tried to do for these languages in their development from Sanskrit something of what Meyer Lübke in his Romanisches Etymologisches Wörterbuch did fro the Romance Languages of Latin. Under some 15,000 Sanskrit head-words are set out forms each has assumed both in Middle Indo-aryan (Pali, Prakrit, etc.) and in the modern languages, thus presenting a picture of linguistic development over some three millennia." - from the dj.
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Title: A Comparative Dictionary of the Indo-Aryan Languages. First Edition in dustjacket.
Publisher: Oxford University Press, London, 1966,: 1966
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