UEber die Kawi-sprache auf der Insel Java: Volume 1

UEber die Kawi-sprache auf der Insel Java: Volume 1

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Wilhelm von Humboldt (1767-1835) was a German philologist, diplomat and philosopher. While Minister of Education he was responsible for reforming the Prussian education system. His pioneering achievements in linguistics influenced many later scholars including Chomsky. This monumental three-volume study of Kawi, a traditional formal and literary language of Java belonging to the Austronesian language family, was posthumously published in 1836-9. The manuscript was prepared for the press by J. K. E. Buschmann, a protege of Humboldt's friend and colleague Bopp (also reissued in this series). Humboldt considered Kawi, which includes many Sanskrit loan-words, to be the common ancestor of all the Malayo-Polynesian languages, though this view is no longer accepted. Volume 1 begins with a preface by Humboldt's brother Alexander describing Wilhelm's extensive academic network, and reprints Wilhelm's famous 1836 essay on language, before focusing on the question of Indian (Sanskrit and Buddhist) influences on Javan language and society.
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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • German
  • 1139056220
  • 9781139056229

Table of contents

Vorwort; Einleitung; Erstes Buch. UEner die Verbindungen zwischen Indien und Java: 1. Sagen und geschichtliche Angaben; 2. Beurtheilung des Alters und der Art der Verbindungen mit Indien aus dem Zustande Java's im Sprache, Einrichtungen und Gebrauchen; 3. Einfuhrung und Einfluss des Buddismus auf Java.
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