Links: The Origin of The Sanskrit Language
Sanskrit is one of the oldest languages of the Indian subcontinent. It belongs to the Indo-European group of languages along with Latin, Greek, German, Russian, English, etc. It is also the source for many languages which originated in India and which do not form part of the Dravidian group of languages. Sanskrit played a significant role in the development of Indian civilization and the growth of Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. Many religious texts of these religions were composed in Sanskrit. Even the texts of Zoroastrianism were also composed in an ancient version of Sanskrit only. The following are a few important resources on the origin and development of Sanskrit and its linguistic background.
The following is an essay suggesting some sort of Hindu linguistic influence upon English, Germanic, and Scandinavian lands, circa 1200 to 1600. Is it possible that some group speaking some Sanskrit-related language(s) was present in Northern Europe prior to the British occupation? I managed to get a qualified language expert to admit, albeit begrudgingly, to this possibility, however implausible the strange theory seemed to him.
The purpose of this essay is to demonstrate the relationship between Sanskrit and English. To simplify matters, I will be using root-words and words in their purer forms. There will be no need to demonstrate every inflected form of a word. Words placed in parentheses are those English words derived from Sanskrit. Sometimes, there will be mention of words from other intermediary languages, serving as a demonstration of changes in spelling and pronunciation.
An Essay by Richard Stoney of Humboldt County, California, USA. In 1728, there appeared the first public production of John Gay's Beggar's Opera, which dealt with activities of some British crooks. As known by anyone familiar with the play, the names are highly contrived (Filch, Crook-Finger'd Jack); in fact, at least one source says that the start of criminal cant coincides with the arrival of Gypsies, who originally came from India. This essay will show that John Gay used Sanskrit to create the names. What many people do not know is that European missionaries were very knowledgeable in Sanskrit circa 1600.....
Find here additional resources on on the origin, history, and linguistic development of Sanskrit and its relation to other Indo-European languages.
The Sanskrit Dictionary contains translation of most well known sanskrit words and phrases. Useful for those who want to study the original sanskrit texts or understand their meaning.
Volume 35, Numbers 1 & 2 Spring/Summer 2007. Contains several interesting essays on Indo-European Studies. The Etymology of English ale. Grendel’s Mother (Beowulf) and the Celtic Sovereignty Goddess. A Spatial Analysis of Neolithic Cultures throughout Eastern, Central, and Northern Europe in Relation to Proto-Germanic. On the development of the tree-diagram models of the Indo-European languages.Vowel Epenthesis vs. Schwa Lexicalization in Classical Armenian. A Panorama of Indo-European Linguistics since the Middle of the Twentieth Century: Advances and Immobilism.
In 1786 Sir William Jones, the English Chief Justice in India, noticed similarities between Greek and the ancient language of India, Sanskrit. This observation led Jones to hypothesize that Greek and Sanskrit, as well as Latin, descended from a common linguistic ancestor, now lost, and further that this language was also the source of the Germanic and Celtic languages.
Most educated people have at least a rough idea, what 'Indo-European' (IE) languages are: The many languages spoken between the Northwest of Europe to the East of the Indian subcontinent (historically even to Xinjiang in the Northwest of China), which are combined by their common inherited amount of lexemes (e.g. the system of counting or pronouns) as well as the grammar. For basic informations, see any newer encyclopedia, the pertinent Wikipedia sites are substandard. Highly unreliable are pages of non-Indo-Europeanists, often unable to assess the special problems of historical linguistics, lexicostatistics, and prehistory, as addressed in Holm 2007b. Such authors are often recognizable by citations of a few secondary sources or even racial nonsense.
The first systematic theory of the relationships between human languages began when Sir William Jones, "Oriental Jones," proposed in 1786 that Greek and Latin, the classical languages of Europe, and Sanskrit [Sãskr.ta, ], the classical language of India, had all descended from a common source. The similarities between the languages had already been noted in 1768 by Gaston Cœurdoux, who informed the French Academy. The evidence for this came from (1) the structure of the languages -- Sanskrit grammar has detailed similarities to Greek (and, as would later be seen, Avestan), many similarities to Latin, and none to the Middle Eastern languages, like Hebrew, Arabic, or Turkish, interposed between Europe and India [note] -- and (2) the vocabulary of the languages.
The bulk of the numbers here reflect my own research which has been ongoing over the past 20 years. Most of the forms on these pages represent what are referred to by linguists as "traditional dialect" forms and are no longer in common use, given our "global village" tendencies . For example, many Scots speakers nowadays will probably not use the forms "twa" or "twae" for "two"; such is the levelling effect of English. There are however many Scots speakers who will use these forms. It is these forms that I am interested in rather than whether the average Scots says [ty:] or [tø:], using an English number with a Scots accent.
The Dravidian languages are a language family spoken mainly in southern India and parts of eastern and central India, as well as in northeastern Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Southern Afghanistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Bhutan, and overseas in other countries such as Malaysia and Singapore. The Dravidian languages with the most speakers are Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam. There are also small groups of Dravidian-speaking scheduled tribes, who live beyond the mainstream communities, such as the Kurukh and Gond tribes
Kindly pronounce-'pitra'…yes…yes, come on, voice out-'pitra'! Alright, now speak-'pater'? Then, utter-'father'. And for once, pronounce-'pedaer'. Now, repeat all these words in one breath- Pitra! Pater! Father! Pedaer! Hopefully, till now, you might have sensed a unique inherent sound resonating in all the above words. However, The word 'pitra' is of Sanskrit language. Pater, father, and pedaer belong respectively to Latin, English, and Persian languages. The most astonishing and remarkable fact is that all these multilingual words have the same meaning-'FATHER'!
Automated language processing is central to the drive to enable facilitated referencing of increasingly available Sanskrit E-texts. The first step towards processing Sanskrit text involves the handling of Sanskrit compound words that are an integral part of Sanskrit texts. This firstly necessitates the processing of euphonic conjunctions or sandhi-s, which are points in words or between words, at which adjacent letters coalesce and transform.
A number of the ideas in this book began to germinate as long ago as 1990, when I delivered my inaugural lecture as Bobrinskoy Professor of Sanskrit and Indic Studies at the University of Chicago. Three years later I reformulated that presentation as a series of lectures at the Collège de France. A year’s fellowship under the auspices of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Institute of Indian Studies, 1995–1996, enabled me to work closely with the greatest living scholar in the field of Old Kannada, T. V. Venkatachala Sastry, professor emeritus of the Institute of Kannada Studies, University of Mysore. It was only then that I began to conceive of this book the way it is today, having come to understand more fully than ever before that just as the history of Sanskrit makes less sense the less we understand of its relationship to local forms of culture and power, so the vernacular revolution in second-millennium South Asia makes less sense the less we understand of the shaping role played by Sanskrit
Sanskrit is the ancient language associated with India. It is considered to be the oldest language in the world, being at least 6,000 years old, and probably much older. Sanskrit is considered to be the language of the Gods, as it is made up of the primordial sounds, and is developed systematically to include the natural progressions of sounds as created in the human mouth. Henry David Thoreau once developed what he thought would be the perfect alphabet, and ended up creating something remarkably similar to Sanskrit. NASA and others have been looking at Sanskrit as a possible computer language since its syntax is perfect and leaves little room for error. Joseph Campbell, the late, great mythologist refered to Sanskrit as, "The great spiritual language of the world."
Linguistics was born from the study of the superfamily of Indo-European languages (about half of the world's population has an Indo-European language as mother tongue). During the last two centuries, the linguists have rebuilt the vocabulary and syntax of the Indo-European protolanguage. Early investigations located its origin in Europe. Those investigations indicated migratory routes by which the daughter tongues would have developed till they grouped in two well defined branches: Eastern and Western.
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