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Tindall (Henry)

A GRAMMAR AND VOCABULARY OF THE NAMAQUA-HOTTENTOT LANGUAGE

Published: Printed by G.J. Pike's Machine, Cape Town, no date (1857)

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124 pages + 1 errata leaf, original front green card wrapper – paperback is missing, back wrapper still intact, a simple brown paper cover has been added and the title page and page 3 have been simply repaired, watermarks at the edges of several pages, a good copy.

Dictionary of South African Biography vol.1 pages796-7. 'Henry Tindall, 1831-1909, Wesleyan missionary and Nama linguist.....Tindall's second publication and perhaps the more important from a linguistic point of view, is 'A Grammar and Vocabulary of the Namaqua-Hottentot Language'. In this work which W.H.I. Bleek in 1858 described as 'a very valuable contribution to African philology, and important as the first account of this language, prepared by one who had a practical knowledge of the language gained by intercourse with the natives', a distinction is drawn between the dialects spoken by the Hottentots, Korana, Namaquas and the Bushmen. To the grammar were added specimens of translation from the Scriptures as parsing lessons and, in a separate Cape Town edition, a collection of Nama phrases was included. In the grammar Tindall used the Roman alphabet and spelling conventions as used in Xhosa'.

  • Overall Condition: A Good Copy
  • Size: 8vo 220 x 140 mm)
  • Sold By: Clarke's Africana & Rare Books
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