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ABOUT THE BOOK

Learning Tamil in the early modern world had connected so many people of various nationalities and such connectivity was without any bias. This book treats in great detail and quite innovatively the stages of development of the study of Tamil language by several missionary individuals during the mid-16th to mid-19th century. It establishes the growth of relationships in the spread of Tamil all over the globe and more particularly in European countries with comparative linguistic interests. The volume provides a new, clear-sighted and thought-provoking account of the missionary linguists and linguistics who wrote Tamil grammars, compiled multiple dictionaries and word-indices after their arrival on the Tamil coast. It examines the forms and contexts of use of the language and how grammatical and lexicographical ideas first came to be expressed through the medium of paper manuscripts in several European languages into the public sphere. The author has made a skilful perusal of the hand-written and printed texts and traced the pioneer missionaries highlighting the more advanced and refined linguistic contribution.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

S. Jeyaseela Stephen is Directeur, Institut pour études Indo-Européennes. He was Professor of Maritime History (2001-2013) at Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan.
He is the author numerous books on maritime history of early modern India including 'Oceanscapes: Tamil Textiles in the Early Modern World' (2014), 'A Meeting of the Minds: European and Tamil Encounters in Modern Sciences, 1507- 1857' (2016), 'Pondicherry under the French: Illuminating the Urban Landscape' (2018), 'Towns of the Tamil Coast and Hinterland: The Changing Form and Function, 1506-1801' (2019), 'Goodbye to Tamil Motherland: The Rise of Labour Migration Overseas and the Society', 1729- 1890' (2019), 'Natural History Knowledge, Tamil Coast and the Atlantic Within Reach, 1639-1857' (2019). He received the best book prize of the year 1999 from the Government of Tamilnadu. His books have been translated into Chinese and Tamil.

CONTENTS

Illustrations .................................................................................................... ... 7

Preface .................................................................................................... ........ 11

Abbreviations .................................................................................................. 13

1. Introduction ......................................................................................... 15

2. The Love for Language: Arrival of the Missionaries and Learning Tamil, 1543-1841 .................................................................. 21

PART - I
FROM PRE-MODERN TO MODERN TAMILLANGUAGE AND GRAMMAR IN MISSIONARYDIALOGUE

3. Studying Tamil Grammar, Generating Grammars in European Languages and Circulating Paper Manuscripts, 1549-1855 ................. 53

4. Printing Tamil Grammar in Latin and English for the Western Audience, 1716-1843 .................................................. 87

5. Louis Savinien Dupuis in Pondicherry and Printing Tamil Grammar in French, Tamil and Latin and its Reception
around the World, 1845-63 ................................................................ 107

PART- II
MISSIONARIES, LINGUISTICS AND TAMILMULTIPLE DICTIONARIES IN DISCOURSE AND DIFFERENCE

6. The Birth of Bi-Lingual and Tri-Lingual Dictionary in Tamil: Missionary Enterprises and the Manuscripts Prepared
and Circulated, 1549-1773 ................................................................. 129

7. Printing Bi-Lingual Dictionaries and the Thesaurus of Tamil Language at Ambalakaadu and Madras for the Western
Audience, 1679-1841 ......................................................................... 165

8. Louis Savinien Dupuis in Pondicherry and Printing the Tri-Lingual and Bi-Lingual Dictionaries for the Tamil Audience, 1846-75 ........... 187

9. Conclusion ......................................................................................... 223

Select Bibliography ............................................................................ 229

Index .................................................................................................. 247


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