Languages and Nations: The Dravidian Proof in Colonial Madras by ProQuest

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Chapter one, "Explosion in the Grammar Factory," points to a worldwide and dramatic growth in the production of grammars and comparative lexicons for missionary and colonial purposes in the eighteenth century. Trautmann, who admits that "[o]ne approaches the task of providing such a sketch with fear and trembling" (p. 46), was prompted to undertake this survey since "the discouraging confinement of Panini within a special branch of Indology in the imaginaire of linguistics continues," and since "most of the literature produced by the specialists is readable only by other specialists" (p. 46).

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