[INDOLOGY] Origin of the term "Indology"

Peter Wyzlic pwyzlic at uni-bonn.de
Fri Aug 22 17:23:50 UTC 2014

Dear all,

if you take Google's ngram research tool (that takes the materials at Google Books as basis) and look for "indianisme", "indologie", "études indiennes" with search options "Language=French", "Date Range=1800-2000" you get the following graph:

URL: <http://goo.gl/8bAhmd>

So, in the majority of sources the red line with "indianisme" prevails. Of course, Google's text recognition isn't perfect, and it may occur that the language is wrongly assigned. But it shows a trend, nevertheless. You may click at the date ranges at the bottom to view the links in Google Books where the search terms can be located.

All the best

Peter Wyzlic

Institut für Orient- und Asienwissenschaften
Universität Bonn
Regina-Pacis-Weg 7
53113 Bonn

> Am 22.08.2014 um 18:07 schrieb Matthew Kapstein <mkapstei at uchicago.edu>:
> David Smith has asked that I post the following on his behalf:
> A quick look at gallica.bn.fr shows that in the Mercure de France, 15 May 1925, P. Masson-Oursel, in a section headed "Indianisme", notes in a footnote to p. 250 that the death of F. Lacôte is "une perte cruelle pour l'indologie".
> David Smith
> Retired Reader in South Asian Religions
> Lancaster University
> UK
> d.smith at lancaster.ac.uk
> Matthew Kapstein
> Directeur d'études,
> Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes
> Numata Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies,
> The University of Chicago
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