LA LANE, Pierre de

LA LANE, Pierre de (Lalane, Lalanne). Toulouse 6.8.1669 — Pondichéry 1746. S.J. French missionary in South India. Entered Jesuit order in 1685, in 1703 in Pondichéry learning the language and then worked there until his death (except three years in Tarcolam and a visit to Bengal).

Publications: According to Vinson he wrote grammars of Tamil (1728) and Telugu (1729), but both are lost; published are only a few letters in Lettres édifiants.

Sources: L. Besse, “Miss. du Carnatic”, RHIF 2, 1918, 212; *J. Vinson, RL 32, 1889, 101f.

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