Hobson-Jobson: The East India Company lexicon

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    Henry Yule and A.C. Burnell’s Hobson-Jobson: A Glossary of Colloquial Anglo-Indian Words and Phrases (1886) offers a richly nuanced history of the East India Company. This article argues that the lexicon shows the influence of comparative philology, particularly the work of Friedrich Max Müller. Compiled at the same time as the India Office archives were first catalogued, Hobson-Jobson engages with the primary sources of Company history. The article examines both the impact of Asian words and goods on Britain, and the cultural and trading connections between colonies. Through a series of close readings, the article demonstrates that Hobson-Jobson offers fresh ways to approach the global networks of Company trade, and personal networks of affiliation.

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    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)509-521
    JournalWorld Englishes
    Issue number4
    Early online date9 Nov 2017
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2017

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