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Mason, Francis: Synopsis of a grammar of the Karen language embracing both dialects, Sgau and Pgho, or Sho
Author: Mason, Francis
Title: Synopsis of a grammar of the Karen language embracing both dialects, Sgau and Pgho, or Sho
Year: 1846
Publisher: Karen Mission Press
Place of publication: Tavoy, Burma
Remark: 458p This seems to be the most comprehensively published pioneering grammar of Sgaw and Pwo Karen, which includes indexes of words (p. 301-444), and a sample subject index on conchology (p. 447-53) with entries in Karen, Burmese and English. The work reflects Mason’s interests paying particular attention to natural history terminology. Also given (in a duplicate pagination sequence of p. 299-314) is the Pwo Karen text of a ‘Buddhist romance’ called ‘The clandestine marriage’ included by Mason as an exercise in the usage of language rather than as a piece of literature. (www.karen.org)



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