Thomas R. Trautmann
Title Languages and Nations: The Dravidian Proof in Colonial Madras
Book Condition New
Jacket Condition New
Publisher New Delhi, India Yoda Press
8190363409 / 9788190363402
Seller ID 027047
British rule of India brought together two very different traditions of scholarship on language, producing several intellectual breakthroughs of lasting value. Two of these breakthroughs were especially important: the conceptualisation of the Indo-European language family by Sir William Jones at Calcutta in 1786 - proposing that Sanskrit is related to Persian and languages of Europe - and the conceptualisation of the Dravidian language family of South India by F.W. Ellis at Madras in 1816 - the ""Dravidian proof,"" showing that the languages of South India are related to one another but are not derived from Sanskrit. These concepts are still valid centuries later. In this book, Thomas R. Trautmann continues the examination he began in Aryans and British India (1997). Whereas the previous book focused on Calcutta and Jones, the current volume examines these developments from the vantage of Madras, focusing on Ellis, Collector of Madras, and the Indian scholars with whom he worked at the College of Fort St. George. Making use of the rich colonial record, Trautmann concludes by showing how elements of the Indian anlyses of language have been folded into historical linguistics and continue in the present as unseen but nevertheless living elements of modern history. Contents Series Editor's Foreword List of Illustrations Preface 1 Explosion in the Grammar Factory 2 Panini and Tolkappiyar 3 Ellis and His Circle 4 The College 5 The Dravidian Proof 6 Legacies 7 Conclusions Appendix A. The Legend of the Cow-Pox Appendix B. The Dravidian Proof Bibliography Index. Printed Pages: 328.