ISBN 9789350361252,Dictionary of The Great Andamanese Language

Dictionary of The Great Andamanese Language



Ratna Sagar P. Ltd

Publication Year 2012

ISBN 9789350361252

ISBN-10 9350361256

Hard Back

Number of Pages 480 Pages
Language (English)

Bilingual Dictionary

About the Author - Anvita Abbi is Professor of Linguistics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. A distinguished researcher in languages of the Indian subcontinent, she has carried out first-hand field research on all six families of languages found there. She has occupied positions of Guest Scientist at the Max Planck Institute of Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany, and Visiting Professorships at universities in the USA, UK, Germany and Australia. At present, she is Leverhulme Professor at School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, UK. On the brink of extinction, 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. Among a people whose distinct life pattern influenced the emergence and development of grammatical structures and vocabulary, the documented entities in this dictionary give an invaluable insight into the ancient cognitive world of the Great Andamanese people. The conceptual structures embedded in lexical items emerge as reflections of the collective mental representation of ideas and objects by the members of the speech community.