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Materials for the Study of Gurung Pe. Volumes I and II
ISBN: HB + DVD: 9780674984325, Harvard University Press, January 2019
754 pp., 25.4x17.8 cm, 16 colour illus., 6 maps
Spoken in the middle hills of Nepal, Gurung is a Tibeto-Burmese language spread along the southern slopes of the Himalayas. The Nepalese Gurung recitations known as pe or pe-da lu-da form a diverse group of oral narratives and invocations, thought to...
Passwords Philology, Security, Authentication
ISBN: HB: 9780674980761, Harvard University Press, February 2018
232 pp., 23.5x15.6 cm
Cryptology, the mathematical and technical science of ciphers and codes, and philology, the humanistic study of natural or human languages, are typically understood as separate domains of activity. But Brian Lennon contends that these two domains, bo...
Battle for Ukrainian A Comparative Perspective
ISBN: PB: 9781932650174, Harvard University Press, July 2017
500 pp., 22.8x15.2 cm
In 1863 the Valuev Circular restricted the use of the Ukrainian language in the Russian Empire. In the 150 years since, Ukrainian has followed a tortuous path, reflecting or anticipating tsarist, Soviet, and post-Soviet history. This volume documents...
Tamil A Biography
ISBN: HB: 9780674059924, Harvard University Press, September 2016
416 pp., 22.8x15.2 cm
Spoken by eighty million people in South Asia and a diaspora that stretches across the globe, Tamil is one of the great world languages, and one of the few ancient languages that survives as a mother tongue for so many speakers. David Shulman present...
Earliest Missionary Grammar of Tamil Fr. Henriques' Arte da Lingua Malabar: Translation, History, and Analysis
ISBN: HB: 9780674727236, Harvard University Press, August 2013
348 pp., 25.4x17.7 cm, 3 halftones
"Arte da Lingua Malabar" is a grammar of the Tamil spoken in the sixteenth century by the Parava pearl fisher community on the east coast of South India between Kanyakumari and Rameswaram. Fr. Henrique Henriques, S. J., a Portuguese Jesuit missionary...
Anatomy of Chinese Rhythm, Metaphor, Politics
ISBN: HB: 9780674066021, Harvard University Press, February 2013
376 pp., 23.1x16.3 cm
During the Cultural Revolution, Mao exhorted the Chinese people to "smash the four olds": old customs, old culture, old habits, and old ideas. Yet when the Red Guards in Tiananmen Square chanted "We want to see Chairman Mao", they unknowingly used a...
Bilingual Life and Reality
ISBN: PB: 9780674066137, Harvard University Press, November 2012
304 pp., 22.4x15 cm, 10 illus.
Whether in family life, social interactions, or business negotiations, half the people in the world speak more than one language every day. Yet many myths persist about bilingualism and bilinguals. Does being bilingual mean you are equally fluent in...
Reading and Writing in Babylon
ISBN: HB: 9780674049680, Harvard University Press, January 2011
336 pp., 21.2x14.4 cm, 1 map, 46 halftones, 7 line illus.
Over 5,000 years ago, the history of humanity radically changed direction when writing was invented in Sumer, the southern part of present-day Iraq. For the next three millennia, kings, aristocrats, and slaves all made intensive use of cuneiform scri...
Sound and Script in Chinese Diaspora
ISBN: HB: 9780674055407, Harvard University Press, January 2011
320 pp., 23.8x16.2 cm, 14 halftones
What happens when language wars are not about hurling insults or quibbling over meanings, but are waged in the physical sounds and shapes of language itself? Native and foreign speakers, mother tongues and national languages, have jostled for distin...