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A Santal Dictionary (7 Parts in Five Volumes)

P.O. Bodding (Author) K.S. Singh (Foroward)
Synopsis Santali, or the language of the Santhals, is spoken by the sons of the soil in a large territory spread over Bihar, West Bengal, Orissa and North-Eastern India. Apart from Santhals several other tribes also use Santali as their dialect. Though several dictionaries on the Santali language have been compiled by earlier Christian missionaries to spread the message of Bible in the local idiom, Bodding's remains the most exhaustive, most elaborate and most acceptable of all the lexicons. The entries carry not only the meaning and usage but also ethnological description. The reason is to help all readers who use the dictionary for clearer understanding of what each word stands for or refers to. With parantheses at the end of each articles some etymological matter has been added. Foreign words which have been assimilated into Santali are included. In all, the dictionary is the only complete and authoritative reference work for those who want to use Santali either as mother tongue or neighbouring or foreign language.
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About the authors

P.O. Bodding

Rev P.O. Bodding (1868-1936) is the most outstanding of the missionary scholars who lived amongst the Santals and studied their language. He belonged to Norway.

K.S. Singh

K.S. Singh, a senior member of the Indian Administrative Service spent many years serving among and studying backward communities in central India. He held several important assignments including the directorship of Anthropological Survey of India. Author of the well known work Birsa Munda and His Movement in Chotanagpur he edited a large number of books on Indian tribes. He was general editor of the multi-volume People of India series of Anthropological Survey of India. He died in 2006.

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Title A Santal Dictionary (7 Parts in Five Volumes)
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2010
Edition Reprint.
Language: English
isbn 8121204232
length 3406p., 22cm.