A Comparative and Etymological Dictionary of the Nepali Language

TURNER, Ralph Lilley. A Comparative and Etymological Dictionary of the Nepali Language.

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TURNER, Ralph Lilley. A Comparative and Etymological Dictionary of the Nepali Language. London, Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co., Ltd., 1931.

Large 4to. Publisher's green cloth; spine lettered in gilt; speckled edges; pp. xxiii, 935; a little bumping to head of spine and tail of front board; light marks to boards; slight foxing to endpapers; previous owner's inscription to front fly-leaf, else a very clean copy.
First edition of a standard work. With indexes of all words quoted from other Indo-Aryan languages compiled by Dorothy Rivers Turner. 'Nepali belongs to the Indo-Aryan family … it is derived from a form of speech, of which our earliest document is the Rigveda. This language or group of closely related dialects, which it is convenient to call Sanskrit … was brought into that sub-continent by the Aryans, probably during the latter half of the second millennium B.C. The proof that Nepali is descended from Sanskrit rests upon the fact that many details of its grammatical structure find their explanation only in the corresponding forms of the earlier language, and that much of its vocabulary is identical with that of Sanskrit.' (Introduction). The author was Professor of Sanskrit in the University of London and 'sometime Adjutant of the 2nd Batallion 3rd Q.A.O. Gurkha Rifles' (title-page).
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