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

From: CherianTinu Abraham <>
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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.

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 ( Blog by Shiju Alex in Malayalam)

Project Page in Malayalam WikiSource :
Some News Coverage :

The Hindu :
Times of India :
New Indian Express :

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

Tinu Cherian

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