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William Marsden, The Scholar Behind The History of Sumatra

Carroll, Diana


William Marsden, author of The History of Sumatra was above all, a philologist and his linguistic theses were the lynchpin of all his work, including the History. In his 1782 ‘Remarks on Sumatran and cognate Languages’ paper Marsden made the first scholarly identification of the Malayo-Polynesian language family based on sound linguistic principles. It was the first correct identification of any language family still recognised today. Yet, from the mid19th century Marsden’s linguistic...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2019
Type: Journal article
Source: Indonesia and the Malay World
DOI: 10.1080/13639811.2019.1538689


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