Sanskrit (Semesters 1 and 2)

The Sanskrit language course is an introductory language program aimed at providing students with a basic understanding of Sanskrit grammar. At the completion of the course students should be able to access original texts in Sanskrit, being able to read and translate the verses to English in word-by-word translation with the aid of a Sanskrit dictionary.

The introductory study of Sanskrit is simple, concise, and systematic, thereby making it more accessible and enjoyable for a beginner. The text used for the course is a “pre-primer”  with a step by step introduction to the fundamental aspects of the language in three sections (alphabet, grammar and vocabulary).

Sanskrit (saṃskṛta) means ‘perfected’ or ‘put together’(put’ kṛta and ‘together’ saṃ). The study of Sanskrit will allow students to access new material and approach old material with a gained insight into reading in an original language, potentially opening new lines of thought and research.

Recommended Books:

– Robert Goldman. Devavāṇīpraveśikā: An Introduction to the Sanskrit Language

– Madhav Deshpande. Saṃskṛtasubodhinī: A Sanskrit Primer

– Pierre-Sylvain Filliozat. The Sanskrit Language: An Overview – History and Structure, Linguistic and Philosophical Representations, Uses and Users

Other Recommended Books:

– Gary A. Tubb and Emery R. Boose. Scholastic Sanskrit: A Manual for Students. American Institute of Buddhist Studies, 2007

– Apte, V.S. The Practical Sanskrit English Dictionary (any edition)

– Williams, M.M. Sanskrit English Dictionary (any edition)

– Abhyankar, Vasudev. A Dictionary of Sanskrit Grammar, Gaekward Oriental Series 134, Baroda, 1963.

– William Dwight Whitney. The Roots, Verb Forms, and Primary Derivatives of the Sanskrit Language (any edition)


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