Grierson, George Abraham

Grierson, George Abraham


Born Jan. 7, 1851, in Glanageary; died Mar. 9, 1941, at Cambridge. Anglo-Irish linguist; student of the languages of India.

Grierson worked in the colonial administration in India (largely in Bihar and West Bengal). His first work, Bihar Peasant Life (1885), presented extensive material on the language and material culture of Bihar. He studied Hindi, Kashmiri, and the Dard languages of India. Grierson’s principal scholarly contribution was the compilation of the multivolume Linguistic Survey of India.


Seven Grammars of the Dialects and Subdialects of the Bihári Language, parts 1–8. Calcutta, 1883–87.
Linguistic Survey of India, vols. 1–11. Compiled and edited by G. A. Grierson. Calcutta, 1904–28.


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