here, here (was: Re: What Devanagari text would you most like as an e-text_

Paul Kiparsky kiparsky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU
Fri Jun 5 03:13:26 UTC 2009

What about the Deccan College Dictionary?    Imagine having all the  
slips online, transcribed and digitized in searchable form with all  
the pandits' annotations included.  Last time I was in Pune the slips  
were still rotting in the scriptorium.  The publication is taking for  
ever, and the printed volumes don't include everything.  It would be  
a fantastic resource, and it would rescue the work of some brilliant  
scholars over many decades.  I heard there was some plan to scan the  
slips, not nearly as useful, but I suppose more realistic.  Does  
anyone know what the current state of the project is?


On Jun 4, 2009, at 7:18 PM, Dipak Bhattacharya wrote:

> Dear Colleagues,
> Most probably it is naivety, but I am somewhat intrigued at the  
> rush of mails urging the immediate online publication of Edgerton's  
> BHSD. The BHSD was reprinted in 1970, 72, 77, 85, 93 98. I do not  
> know if it has been reprinted again. But I was informed of its  
> availability till a few months ago. In view of the utility of the  
> work, like MMW and Apte it is likely to be reprinted again and  
> again. Its price in India is equivalent to $ 50/- .
> Does the online publication of a three volume work, two are mostly  
> in demand, make it easier to handle? Online publications are more  
> convenient than hard copies for huge multi-volume publications like  
> the Tipitaka,  its Tibetan versions, the St.Petersburg Dictionary etc.
> Why this rush for an easily available three volume work?
> There must be some reason. Only that is not clear to me.
> Best wishes
> DB
> --- On Fri, 5/6/09, Stefan Baums <baums at U.WASHINGTON.EDU> wrote:
> From: Stefan Baums <baums at U.WASHINGTON.EDU>
> Subject: Re: here, here (was: Re: What Devanagari text would you  
> most like as an e-text_
> Date: Friday, 5 June, 2009, 5:26 AM
> Dear Stephen,
> copyright allowing, the one certainly doesn’t rule out the
> other. While we would like to have BHSD available in the same
> search interface as our other dictionaries (and our own):
> a flat digital text file can easily be extracted from that.
> Cheers,
> Stefan
> -- 
> Stefan Baums
> Asian Languages and Literature
> University of Washington
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