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A Dictionary of the Great Andamanese Language: English-Great Andamanese-Hindi

Price : $169.75
ISBN # : 9789350361252
Author : Anvita Abbi
pages: 480
Edition : Hardcover
Volumes : 1
Publisher : Ratna Sagar
Published : 2013

ON THE BRINK OF EXITNCTION, the Great Andamanese language, one of the oldest in the world, had been crying out for concerted effort for salvage and documentation. This multilingual interactive dictionary is a maiden effort to capture the last remnant data. The dictionary comes with a meticulously designed CD-ROM of the entire dictionary backed by original sound recordings of Great Andamanese speakers.

The development of the Great Andamanese linguistic structures followed a completely different trajectory from the languages of agrarian and pastoral societies. The grammatical structures, unique in their own right, force us to rethink about the universals of language. This dictionary documents the present form of the language, a koine, drawing its resources from four great Andamanese languages, two of which, Khora and Bo have recently become extinct. This makes it an invaluable, first and last document of these extinct languages for not only the linguist and anthropologist, but also the ethno-biologist.

Author Bio: Anvita Abbi is Professor of Linguistics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi . A distinguished research in languages of the Indian subcontinent, she has carried out first-hand field research on all six families of language found there. She has occupied positions of Guest Scientist at the Max Planck Institute of Evolutionary Anthropology , Leipzig Germany and Visiting Professorships at Universities

This book was added to South Asia bookstore on Thursday 19 September, 2013.

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