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kalveṭṭuc coṟkaḷiṉ poruṭpula aṭaivu: ki. mu. 300 mutal ki.pi. 1300 varai = A Thematic Concordance of Terms from Inscriptions
"கல்வெட்டுச் சொற்களின் பொருட்புல அடைவு: கி. மு. 300 முதல் கி.பி. 1300 வரை" = A Thematic Concordance of Terms from Inscriptions
பா. ரா. சுப்பிரமணியன், ப. சண்முகம் [பதிப்பாசிரியர்கள்]
Chennai: Central Institute of Classical Tamil
"A Thematic Concordance of Terms from Inscriptions" is an exceptional and meticulously crafted book that offers a fresh and innovative approach to studying epigraphic words found in South India, particularly in Tamil Nadu. The authors' dedication to organizing inscriptions thematically instead of relying on conventional alphabetical glossaries makes this work a valuable and groundbreaking contribution to the field of epigraphy.
The book begins by acknowledging the importance of inscriptions and copper plates as essential historical documents for understanding the political, social, and cultural history of Tamil Nadu. From the outset, it becomes evident that the authors' research project, supported by the Language Foundation and conducted by the Central Institute of Classical Tamil Research, holds immense significance in preserving and disseminating the region's rich cultural heritage.
The central theme of the book revolves around classifying words and series of inscriptions based on their subject domains. This novel approach breathes new life into the study of epigraphic words, offering scholars and researchers a comprehensive and unique perspective on the historical information contained within the inscriptions. Through this thematic concordance, the book allows readers to explore and analyze inscriptions with greater depth and context, leading to a richer understanding of the historical context of these ancient artifacts.
The research project's methodology is praiseworthy, as it showcases a departure from traditional practices of arranging words and series in alphabetical order. This well-structured and logically organized approach reveals the authors' dedication to presenting historical data in a coherent and accessible manner.
The book's writing style is scholarly yet engaging, making it accessible to both experts in the field and those interested in delving into the history of Tamil Nadu. The inclusion of illustrations and examples further enhances the reader's understanding, adding a visual dimension to the rich historical content.
Overall, "A Thematic Concordance of Terms from Inscriptions" is an invaluable resource for historians, archaeologists, linguists, and researchers seeking to explore the vast treasure trove of inscriptions found in Tamil Nadu. The authors' passion for preserving and unraveling the mysteries of the past is evident throughout the book, making it an essential addition to any academic or research library.
In conclusion, this groundbreaking work not only revolutionizes the study of epigraphy but also serves as a testament to the profound contributions of the Language Foundation and the Central Institute of Classical Tamil Research in preserving and promoting the cultural heritage of Tamil Nadu. "A Thematic Concordance of Terms from Inscriptions" is a must-read for anyone fascinated by the rich history and heritage of this remarkable region.