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New Dictionary Malagasy-French


Dr Philippe Beaujard recently published an impressive dictionary of the Tanala dialect. The Tanala live in southeast Madagascar. Beaujard studied their society for over five years and in this period he published various books and articles on the anthropol ogy and literature of the Tanala.
Beaujard's dictionary contains over six thousand entries. With reference to former publications on other Malagasy dialects, he studies the Tanala dialect in a comparative perspective. In addition, he deals with the etymology of the words and gives the eth nolinguistic meaning of the key words of the Tanala dialect.
The etymology of the words clearly points to the fact that the Malagasy language is an Austronesian language. In this respect Beaujard not only provides for the origins of new words, he also rectifies the explanations of scientists who studied the Malagas y language before him.
For more information: L'Harmattan, Edition-Diffusion, 5-7 rue de l'Ecole-Polytechnique, 75005 Paris, tel.: +33-1-40 46 79 20, fax: +33-1-43 25 82 03, ISBN: 2-7384-6460-2.

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