Title: A Dictionary of the Bengalee Language
Subtitle: In Which the Words Are Traced to their Origin, and their Various Meanings
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Please Note: There are four ISBNs for this two-volume set: one for Volume 1, two for the pieces of Volume 2, and one for the combined set.
The language of Bangladesh, West Bengal and parts of Tripura and Assam, Bengali is the sixth most spoken language in the world. A member of the Indo-Aryan family, with its origins in Sanskrit, it has over 230 million speakers. Published in 1825, this is a revised three-part dictionary of Bengali, compiled by the Baptist missionary William Carey (1761–1834) during his time in India. Its purpose was to assist Carey's European students at Fort William College in Calcutta, and he endeavoured to include every simple word used in the language, along with all the compound terms found in Bengali literature. Containing over 100,000 entries in Bengali script with English translations, and providing etymologies for most words, it remains of great interest to linguists today. Carey's reference works on Marathi and Sanskrit are also reissued in this series.
Volume 1: Preface; Bengalee dictionary Volume 2, Part 1: Bengalee dictionary Volume 2, Part 2: Bengalee dictionary