Congrats to everyone behind this effort!

- Sundar
 
"That language is an instrument of human reason, and not merely a medium for 
the expression of thought, is a truth generally admitted."
- George Boole, quoted in Iverson's Turing Award Lecture


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 From: CherianTinu Abraham <tinucher...@gmail.com>
To: "wmin-memb...@googlegroups.com" <wmin-memb...@googlegroups.com>; Discussion 
list on Indian language projects of Wikimedia. 
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Sent: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 9:43 AM
Subject: [Wikimediaindia-l] German University of Tubingen partners with 
Malayalam Wikipedians to digitize the works of Herman Gundert.
 


Hi all,
        Some of you would have already heard about the recent partnership 
between Malayalam Wikipedians & German University of Tubingen to digitize the 
works of Herman Gundert.

Dr. Hermann Gundert was a German missionary, scholar, and linguist, as well as 
the grandfather of German novelist and Nobel laureate Hermann Hesse. Gundert 
compiled a Malayalam grammar book, Malayalabhaasha Vyakaranam (1859), the 
Malayalam-English dictionary (1872), and contributed to work on Bible 
translations into Malayalam. He worked primarily at Tellicherry on the Malabar 
coast, in Kerala, India. Gundert also contributed to the fields of history, 
geography and astronomy. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hermann_Gundert 

The corpus of nearly 80 manuscripts, 150 printed works and some palm leaf 
manuscripts of the German scholar available with the university runs into some 
42,000 pages. 

A detailed history of this effort can be read here 
http://shijualex.in/tubingen-university-gundert-collection/ ( Blog by Shiju 
Alex in Malayalam)


Project Page in Malayalam WikiSource : 


https://ml.wikisource.org/wiki/%E0%B4%B5%E0%B4%BF%E0%B4%95%E0%B5%8D%E0%B4%95%E0%B4%BF%E0%B4%97%E0%B5%8D%E0%B4%B0%E0%B4%A8%E0%B5%8D%E0%B4%A5%E0%B4%B6%E0%B4%BE%E0%B4%B2:%E0%B4%9F%E0%B5%8D%E0%B4%AF%E0%B5%82%E0%B4%AC%E0%B4%BF%E0%B4%99%E0%B5%8D%E0%B4%99%E0%B5%BB_%E0%B4%B8%E0%B5%BC%E0%B4%B5%E0%B5%8D%E0%B4%B5%E0%B4%95%E0%B4%B2%E0%B4%BE%E0%B4%B6%E0%B4%BE%E0%B4%B2_%E0%B4%B2%E0%B5%88%E0%B4%AC%E0%B5%8D%E0%B4%B0%E0%B4%B1%E0%B4%BF_%E0%B4%97%E0%B5%81%E0%B4%A3%E0%B5%8D%E0%B4%9F%E0%B5%BC%E0%B4%9F%E0%B5%8D%E0%B4%9F%E0%B5%8D_%E0%B4%B6%E0%B5%87%E0%B4%96%E0%B4%B0%E0%B4%82
 

The project named “Gundert legacy – a digitization  project of the University 
of Tuebingen” will be started soon. 

Some News Coverage :

The Hindu : 
http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Kochi/german-university-gifts-malayalam-the-legacy-of-herman-gundert/article5125550.ece
 
Times of India : 
http://epaper.timesofindia.com/Repository/ml.asp?Ref=VE9JS1JLTy8yMDEzLzA5LzEzI0FyMDAyMDI%3D
 
New Indian Express : 
http://newindianexpress.com/cities/kochi/German-University-to-digitise-Malayalam-books/2013/09/11/article1778484.ece
 

Kudos to Shiju Alex and the Malayalam Wikipedian/WikiSource Community who are 
part of this effort.

Regards
Tinu Cherian

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