First printed grammar of colloquial Panjabi, as spoken in Waziribad
A brief grammar of Panjabi as spoken in the Wazirabad District. Lahore printed at the Punjab Government Press 1904
First edition. 8vo, 24 x 17 cm; pp.[viii], 60. Contemporary limp cloth, printed paper label to upper wrapper; lightly worn. Bookseller's ticket of Luzac & Co.
One of 300 copies; an introductory grammar of colloquial Punjabi as spoken in the Wazirabad District. The present work is one of many localized grammars and vocabularies produced in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century to meet the needs of widely dispersed British officials in India, in this instance at the behest of James Wilson, Settlement Commissioner of the Punjab (see no. 92 in this section for his own work); Bailey models his grammar on Wilson's grammar dealing with Western Punjabi dialect. The grammars covers pronunciation, parts of speech (including gender, case, number), the declension of nouns and adjectives, numerals, pronouns, adverbs, postpositions and conjunctions, and the conjugation of verbs. Appended is a "Table of Dialectal Differences". Bailey stresses that the Wazirabad dialect is not unique, but applicable even in nearby towns such as Sialkot, and that it differs only slightly from the language as spoken in Gujrat; he notes that many of its features may be found even in dialects spoken at Lahore and Amritsar.