is a great site for learning about Gurbani! Good choice to start there.
I commend your determination for the project. I'm not sure how much you know about the Gurmukhi (script Gurbani is written in). The language in Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji (classical Punjabi with a mix of many other languages) is highly inflected and has many different cases for words.Reference:: Sikh Philosophy Network http://www.sikhphilosophy.net/showthread.php?t=32802
For example in English it gets about as complicated as:
I'd speculate that in English our most highly inflected words are verbs, and in the above list there are 4 examples, unless I've missed any.
If you had no knowledge of English, and Japji were composed in English, and you were hovering your mouse over swim, swims, swimming, swam they'd either come up with nothing, or point you to 'swim', which might not make much sense if you don't understand what the different words mean (to swim.. he swam.. they swam... I am swimming... etc). I believe this accounts for why a lot of the time the srigranth dictionary comes up with nada-nothing-zilch-zero on hover sometimes.
In Gurbani inflection and case are even more complicated than English. Nouns change form depending if they are 'male' or 'female' sounding-words. Adjectives change form depending on the gender and number of the word they are describing. There are so many verb endings according to the tense and if it's singular, plural, a vowel-ending verb or a consonant-enging verb. Example:
The word 'kar' (do) in Gurmukhi has these present tense forms:
1st person singular
kara (I do)
karee (I do)
karo (I do)
2nd person singular
Karh(i) (you do)
3rd person singular
karai (he does)
kare (he does)
1st person plural
karh (we do)
2nd person plural
karh(u) (you do)Reference:: Sikh Philosophy Network http://www.sikhphilosophy.net/showthread.php?t=32802
3rd person plural
karnhee (they do)
karh(i) (they do)
And unlike adjectives, in this tense there is no distinction of gender!
I wanted to try a similar approach as you in the beginning before I realised there is presently no shortcut to learning Japji in the native language, you really need to spend some time learning the actual lanaguage. The good news!
For all it's perceived complexities, the rules for the language of Gurbani are actually really quite logical and relatively easy to pick up (for a language!). The script is an absolutely work of art which makes identifying the different words quick and easy.
If you'd like to take the project to the next level (come on you know you want to!) then I recommend downloading a copy of An Introduction to the Sacred Language of the Sikhs are having a read - it teaches you the script and the language (it's where I got the above example from). Download free here (you just have to register first): http://www.academicroom.com/book/int...language-sikhs
[cudos to spnadmin for finding this for us!]
I've been working my way through the book (hit a wall recently and stopped but I intend to come back to it soon) and putting my answers in the forum here for other members to mark so if you want to compare your answers please do: http://www.sikhphilosophy.net/learn-...ing-tests.html
Also look around the forum for other posts about the language and grammar. And ask questions.
My dream is to learn enough of Gurmukhi and the language to be able to create a 'learn nitnem in it's own language' sort of resource which will explain the language just in the context of Japji first and then hopefully other banis. I want to get it to a stage where someone can pick up the resourse and it will explain word-for-word the language so people can read the Gurmukhi and understand it, even if it's only in Japji and not the rest of Guru Granth Sahib Ji. Because learning a whole language is quite a task and is time-consuming, when most newcomers want to get straight into the Sikh lifestyle and want to do nitnem (which let's face it is stunningly beautiful in the original) but feel a barrier due to the language.
I may never get there and it might not even be a feasable project but hey, I can aim for it anyway.
Good luck and happy reading!