[220], The internal sandhi rules are more intricate and account for the root and the canonical structure of the Sanskrit word. [266] Other scholars such as Jack Goody state that the Vedic Sanskrit texts are not the product of an oral society, basing this view by comparing inconsistencies in the transmitted versions of literature from various oral societies such as the Greek, Serbian, and other cultures, then noting that the Vedic literature is too consistent and vast to have been composed and transmitted orally across generations, without being written down. When the wise ones formed Language with their mind, [334][335] From about the 5th century, Sanskrit inscriptions become common in many parts of South Asia and Southeast Asia, with significant discoveries in Nepal, Vietnam and Cambodia. [90], Pāṇini's comprehensive and scientific theory of grammar is conventionally taken to mark the start of Classical Sanskrit. [225], Sanskrit, like most early Indo-European languages, lost the so-called "laryngeal consonants (cover-symbol *H) present in the Proto-Indo-European", states Jamison. When one recites similar sounds or chant the Sanskrit mantras, it purifies and energizes that Chakra. [221] The velar series (k, g, gʰ) alternate with the palatal series (c, j, h), while the structural position of the palatal series is modified into a retroflex cluster when followed by dental. People tend to pronounce it as they do their native language. mention that propagation of Jainism and Buddhism into south India had its influence. The articles on Hindustani, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya and Bengali phonology will give some indication of the variation that is encountered. Sanskrit includes a fairly large set of stem-types. In Sanskrit verbal adjective sáṃskṛta- is a compound word consisting of sam (together, good, well, perfected) and krta- (made, formed, work). Schlegel nurtured his own students into influential European Sanskrit scholars, particularly through Franz Bopp and Friedrich Max Muller. Sanskrit is taught in 5,000 traditional schools (Pathashalas), and 14,000 schools[411] in India, where there are also 22 colleges and universities dedicated to the exclusive study of the language. [375] Emeneau and Burrow mention the tendency “for all four of the Dravidian literary languages in South to make literary use of total Sanskrit lexicon indiscriminately”. Exceptions include demonstrative and anaphoric pronouns. [396] According to Richard H. Davis, a scholar of Religion and South Asian studies, the breadth and variety of oral recitations of the Sanskrit text Bhagavad Gita is remarkable. Sudden or significant changes in metre, wherein the metre of succeeding sections return to earlier sections, suggest a corruption of the message, interpolations and insertion of text into a Sanskrit manuscript. [242] All nouns have inherent gender, but with some exceptions, personal pronouns have no gender. No attested native script; from 1st-millennium CE, written in various, Ayurveda, Sushruta samhita, Caraka samhita, For a list of words relating to Sanskrit, see the, Many of India's and Nepal's scientific and administrative terms use Sanskrit. [215], Sanskrit possesses a symmetric consonantal phoneme structure based on how the sound is articulated, though the actual usage of these sounds conceals the lack of parallelism in the apparent symmetry possibly from historical changes within the language. [428](pp96–97) The Indophobes imagined the opposite, making the counterclaim that there is little of any value in Sanskrit, portraying it as "a language fabricated by artful [Brahmin] priests", with little original thought, possibly copied from the Greeks who came with Alexander or perhaps the Persians. [439] Composer John Williams featured choirs singing in Sanskrit for Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. Although Sanskrit is recognized as a major language controversy surrounds its origin. This is important because of Sanskrit's connection to the PIE languages and comparative Indo-European linguistics. [43][44] It connotes a work that has been "well prepared, pure and perfect, polished, sacred". The evidence for Prakrits such as Pali (Theravada Buddhism) and Ardhamagadhi (Jainism), along with Magadhi, Maharashtri, Sinhala, Sauraseni and Niya (Gandhari), emerge in the Middle Indo-Aryan stage in two versions—archaic and more formalized—that may be placed in early and middle substages of the 600 BCE – 1000 CE period. Even biased theorists of fake Aryan invasion who kept ridiculing Hindu texts, gave credit to Sanskrit after they did research and found it to be the source of all languages, the so referred Indo-Aryan languages evolved from Middle Indo-Aryan languages, … These mergers occurred very early and significantly impacted Sanskrit's morphological system. ASCII-based transliteration schemes have also evolved because of difficulties representing Sanskrit characters in computer systems. Many words are inflected (and can enter into derivation) but lack a recognizable root. [287][288], Many modern era manuscripts are written and available in the Nagari script, whose form is attestable to the 1st millennium CE. A change in metres has been a tool of literary architecture and an embedded code to inform the reciter and audience that it marks the end of a section or chapter. For example, unlike the loss of the morphological clarity from vowel contraction that is found in early Greek and related southeast European languages, Sanskrit deployed *y, *w, and *s intervocalically to provide morphological clarity. That Sanskrit is the mother of all languages, is no news. Words originating in Sanskrit are estimated at roughly fifty percent of the vocabulary of modern Indo-Aryan languages, as well as the literary forms of Malayalam and Kannada. [320] These inscriptions are related to Buddhism and the Shaivism tradition of Hinduism. MS Valiathan, The Legacy of Caraka, Orient Blackswan. The basis of Sanskrit morphology is the root, states Jamison, "a morpheme bearing lexical meaning". Daṇḍin acknowledged that there are words and confusing structures in Prakrit that thrive independent of Sanskrit. [180], The Sanskrit language's historic presence is attested across a wide geography beyond South Asia. Sounds in grey are not phonemic. Karl Potter, The Encyclopedia of Indian Philosophies, Volumes 1 through 27, Motilal Banarsidass. [175], The relationship of Sanskrit to the Prakrit languages, particularly the modern form of Indian languages, is complex and spans about 3,500 years, states Colin Masica—a linguist specializing in South Asian languages. [332] The Indic scripts, particularly the Pallava script prototype,[333] spread and ultimately evolved into Mon-Burmese, Khmer, Thai, Laos, Sumatran, Celebes, Javanese and Balinese scripts. Examples from the basic vocabulary include kinship terms such as mātar- (mother), nas- (nose), śvan- (dog). [310][311] There are many other Mathura Sanskrit inscriptions in Brahmi script overlapping the era of Indo-Scythian Northern Satraps and early Kushanas. [371] Literary texts in Telugu are lexically Sanskrit or Sanskritised to an enormous extent, perhaps seventy percent or more. [380] The first document in Kannada, the Halmidi inscription has a large number of Sanskrit words. [150] It was accepted as a language of high culture and the preferred language by some of the local ruling elites in these regions. Many terms were transliterated directly and added to the Chinese vocabulary. Sound was visualized as "pervading all creation", another representation of the world itself; the "mysterious magnum" of Hindu thought. However, a full set of distinct forms occurs only in the singular of masculine -a- stems of the type deva- ‘god’: nominative devas (devaḥ before a pause), accusative devam, instrumental devena, dative devāya, ablative devāt, genitive devasya, locative deve, and vocative deva. Scholars admit of the considerable influence of Sanskrit on Tamil, Greek and Latin which are considered other ancient languages of the world [378] ‌The borrowed words are classified into two types based on phonological integration – tadbhava – those words derived from Prakrit and tatsama – unassimilated loanwords from Sanskrit. It is also possible to type using an alphanumeric keyboard and transliterate to Devanagari using software like Mac OS X's international support. Secondly, they state that the textual evidence in the works of Yaksa, Panini and Patanajali affirms that the Classical Sanskrit in their era was a language that is spoken (bhasha) by the cultured and educated. Salomon illustrates this for the consonant, Sanskrit and the Prakrits, at different times and places were written in a vast number of forms and derivatives of Brahmi. [163]:393 After the 12th century, the Sanskrit literary works were reduced to "reinscription and restatements" of ideas already explored, and any creativity was restricted to hymns and verses. [238] Sanskrit uses the 3×3 grid formed by the three numbers and the three persons parameters as the paradigm and the basic building block of its verbal system. [377] Krishnamurthi mentions that although it is not clear when the Sanskrit influence happened on the Dravidian languages, it can perhaps be around 5th century BCE at the time of separation of Tamil and Kannada from a proto-dravidian language. [216], While the Sanskrit language organizes sounds for expression beyond those found in the PIE language, it retained many features found in the Iranian and Balto-Slavic languages. [280] The most extensive inscriptions that have survived into the modern era are the rock edicts and pillar inscriptions of the 3rd-century BCE Mauryan emperor Ashoka, but these are not in Sanskrit.[281][z]. As you see, it becomes clear that this is perhaps the most intuitive way of understanding and visualizing Pythagoras theorem (and geometry in general) and Baudhāyana seems to have simplified the process of learning by encapsulating the mathematical result in a simple shloka in a layman's language (sanskrit was the language of choice back then). azerila flickr. [27][28] Vedic Sanskrit interacted with the preexisting ancient languages of the subcontinent, absorbing names of newly encountered plants and animals; in addition, the ancient Dravidian languages influenced Sanskrit's phonology and syntax. Rajbali Pandey (2013), Hindu Saṁskāras: Socio-religious Study of the Hindu Sacraments, 2nd Edition, Motilal Banarsidass, Sugam Marathi Vyakaran & Lekhana. [418], A number of colleges and universities in India have dedicated departments for Sanskrit studies. The Sanskrit in the Indian epics such as the. [131] Other important Hindu inscriptions dated to the 1st century BCE, in relatively accurate classical Sanskrit and Brahmi script are the Yavanarajya inscription on a red sandstone slab and the long Naneghat inscription on the wall of a cave rest stop in the Western Ghats. According to Salomon, towards the end of pre-Christian era, "a smattering" of standard or nearly standard Sanskrit inscriptions came into vogue, and "we may assume that these are isolated survivals of what must have been then an increasingly common practice". [244] There are peripheral adjuncts to these four, such as the Unadisutras, which focus on irregularly formed derivatives from the roots. [440][441][better source needed] The theme song of Battlestar Galactica 2004 is the Gayatri Mantra, taken from the Rigveda. [117] The Indian tradition, states Moriz Winternitz, has favored the learning and the usage of multiple languages from the ancient times. [155] It connected scholars from distant parts of South Asia such as Tamil Nadu and Kashmir, states Deshpande, as well as those from different fields of studies, though there must have been differences in its pronunciation given the first language of the respective speakers. Sanskrit, the classic language of India, underwent a process of systematization and grammatical refinement at an early date, rendering it unique among Indo-Aryan languages in its degree of linguistic cultivation. [420] Since September 2009, US high school students have been able to receive credits as Independent Study or toward Foreign Language requirements by studying Sanskrit as part of the "SAFL: Samskritam as a Foreign Language" program coordinated by Samskrita Bharati. A collection of Vedic Sanskrit hymns, they were sung in praise of the Divine. [132] Though written in a number of different scripts, the dominant language of Hindu texts has been Sanskrit. [162], Scholars are divided on whether or when Sanskrit died. [207][208] The short a (अ) in Sanskrit is a closer vowel than ā, equivalent to schwa. [169] Sheldon Pollock states that in some crucial way, "Sanskrit is dead". Vedic Sanskrit has a pitch accent system, states Jamison, which were acknowledged by Panini, but in his Classical Sanskrit the accents disappear. Sound and oral transmission were highly valued qualities in ancient India, and its sages refined the alphabet, the structure of words and its exacting grammar into a "collection of sounds, a kind of sublime musical mold", states Biderman, as an integral language they called Sanskrit. This view is found in the writing of Bharata Muni, the author of the ancient Nāṭyaśāstra text. [256] The Vedic Sanskrit employs fifteen metres, of which seven are common, and the most frequent are three (8-, 11- and 12-syllable lines). The Aṣṭādhyāyī in turn was the object of a rich commentatorial literature, documents of which are known from the time of Kātyāyana (4th–3rd century bce) onward. [336], For nearly 2,000 years, Sanskrit was the language of a cultural order that exerted influence across South Asia, Inner Asia, Southeast Asia, and to a certain extent East Asia. Further, Sanskrit is recognized in the constitution of India as both a classical language and an official language and continues to be used in scholarly, literary, and technical media, as well as in periodicals, radio, television, and film. "[113] The Indian tradition states that the Buddha and the Mahavira preferred the Prakrit language so that everyone could understand it. There is no word without meter, Maa tujhe salaam. [321] A few of these inscriptions from both traditions are verse-style in the classical Sanskrit language, while some such as the pillar inscription is written in prose and a hybridized Sanskrit language. Rachel Baumer and James Brandon (1993), Sanskrit Drama in Performance, Motilal Banarsidass. [327] The Sanskrit language of these inscriptions is written on stone, various metals, terracotta, wood, crystal, ivory, shell, and cloth. In 2009, Satya Vrat Shastri became the first Sanskrit author to win the Jnanpith Award, India's highest literary award. The language in the early Upanishads of Hinduism and the late Vedic literature approaches Classical Sanskrit, while the archaic Vedic Sanskrit had by the Buddha's time become unintelligible to all except ancient Indian sages, states Gombrich. During the Gupta Age, from the 4th to the 7th century a.d S attained a creative efflorescence. Over the centuries, and across countries, a number of scripts have been used to write Sanskrit. Adjectives are inflected to agree with nouns, and there are distinct pronominal forms for certain cases: e.g., tasmai, tasmāt, tasmin (masculine-neuter dative, ablative, and locative singular, respectively) ‘that one.’. With nonfinite forms of the verb and with nominal derivatives thereof, states Jamison, "preverbs show much clearer univerbation in Vedic, both by position and by accent, and by Classical Sanskrit, tmesis is no longer possible even with finite forms". The latter can be demonstrative, deictic or anaphoric. According to the 2011 national census of Nepal, 1,669 people use Sanskrit as their first language. [200][201][202], In India, Sanskrit is among the 22 official languages of India in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution. [93][94][95][h], The Classical Sanskrit language formalized by Pāṇini, states Renou, is "not an impoverished language", rather it is "a controlled and a restrained language from which archaisms and unnecessary formal alternatives were excluded". [61], The pre-history of Indo-Aryan languages which preceded Vedic Sanskrit is unclear and various hypotheses place it over a fairly wide limit. [105] There are also some differences between how some of the nouns and verbs end, as well as the sandhi rules, both internal and external. [388] Other Austronesian languages, such as Malay (descended into modern Malaysian and Indonesian standards) also derive much of their vocabulary from Sanskrit. However, the reflexes in descendant languages, as well as a few of the sandhi rules regarding ch, could suggest an affricate pronunciation. [428](pp124–126), Scholars such as William Jones and his colleagues felt the need for systematic studies of Sanskrit language and literature. While every effort has been made to follow citation style rules, there may be some discrepancies. [419], St James Junior School in London, England, offers Sanskrit as part of the curriculum. The board game, today called Snakes and Ladders, originated in ancient India, where it was known with the name Mokshapat or Moksha Patamu. In India and beyond, its recitations include "simple private household readings, to family and neighborhood recitation sessions, to holy men reciting in temples or at pilgrimage places for passersby, to public Gita discourses held almost nightly at halls and auditoriums in every Indian city". After the compilation of Upanishads, Sanskrit just faded due to hierarchy. It is believed that the Sanskrit language came from Indo-European language family of Indian subcontinent. [30] The greatest dramatist in Sanskrit Kalidasa wrote in classical Sanskrit, and the foundations of modern arithmetic were first described in classical Sanskrit. Of the Mathura inscriptions, the most significant is the Mora Well Inscription. J Duncan M Derrett (1978), Dharmasastra and Juridical Literature: A history of Indian literature (Editor: Jan Gonda), Vol. Chinese words like 剎那 chànà (Devanagari: क्षण kṣaṇa 'instantaneous period') were borrowed from Sanskrit. [236], While roots are typical in Sanskrit, some words do not follow the canonical structure. The Sanskrit grammatical tradition is also the ultimate source of the notion of zero,’ which, once adopted in the Arabic system of numerals, allowed us to transcend the cumbersome notations of Roman arithmetic. [265] The earliest possible script from South Asia is from the Indus Valley Civilization (3rd/2nd millennium BCE), but this script – if it is a script – remains undeciphered. Teun Goudriaan, Hindu Tantric and Śākta Literature, Otto Harrassowitz Verlag. [17][18][19] It arose in South Asia after its predecessor languages had diffused there from the northwest in the late Bronze Age. In The Oxford Introduction to Proto-Indo-European and the Proto-Indo-European World Mallory and Adams illustrate the resemblance with the following examples:[59], The correspondences suggest some common root, and historical links between some of the distant major ancient languages of the world. 4, Otto Harrassowitz Verlag. note that, the language of the pre-modern Telugu literature was also highly influenced by Sanskrit and was standardized between 11th and 14th centuries. [307], Besides these few examples from the 1st century BCE, the earliest Sanskrit and hybrid dialect inscriptions are found in Mathura (Uttar Pradesh). The Rudradaman inscription is "not pure classical Sanskrit", but with few epic-vernacular Sanskrit exceptions, it approaches high classical Sanskrit. [69] Beyond the Rigveda, the ancient literature in Vedic Sanskrit that has survived into the modern age include the Samaveda, Yajurveda, Atharvaveda, along with the embedded and layered Vedic texts such as the Brahmanas, Aranyakas, and the early Upanishads. For instance, the Sanskrit nominal system—including nouns, pronouns, and adjectives—has three genders (masculine, feminine, and neuter), three numbers (singular, dual, and plural), and seven syntactic cases (nominative, accusative, instrumental, dative, ablative, genitive, and locative), in addition to a vocative. [391], Sanskrit is the sacred language of various Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain traditions. [44] From the late Vedic period onwards, state Annette Wilke and Oliver Moebus, resonating sound and its musical foundations attracted an "exceptionally large amount of linguistic, philosophical and religious literature" in India. In India, Indonesia, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Southeast Asia, Sanskrit phrases are widely used as mottoes for various national, educational and social organisations: In November 2020, Gaurav Sharma, a New Zealand politician of Indian origin swore into parliament using Sanskrit alongside Māori; the decision was made as a "homage to all Indian languages" compromising between his native Pahari and Punjabi. Hans Henrich et al. Pollock disagrees with Lamotte, but concurs that Sanskrit's influence grew into what he terms a "Sanskrit Cosmopolis" over a region that included all of South Asia and much of southeast Asia. [132][133] The structure and capabilities of the Classical Sanskrit language launched ancient Indian speculations about "the nature and function of language", what is the relationship between words and their meanings in the context of a community of speakers, whether this relationship is objective or subjective, discovered or is created, how individuals learn and relate to the world around them through language, and about the limits of language? Above from top: Starting in about the 1st century BCE, Sanskrit has been written in many South Asian, Southeast Asian and Central Asian scripts. Sanskrit is also taught in traditional gurukulas throughout India. 5, Otto Harrassowitz Verlag. [308] These date to the 1st and 2nd century CE, states Salomon, from the time of the Indo-Scythian Northern Satraps and the subsequent Kushan Empire. Let us know if you have suggestions to improve this article (requires login). It was a link language in ancient and medieval South Asia, and upon transmission of Hindu and Buddhist culture to Southeast Asia, East Asia and Central Asia in the early medieval era, it became a language of religion and high culture, and of the political elites in some of these regions. Perhaps readers are aware that there has been a great deal of controversy among historians about the origin and background of the Vedic people. Sanskrit is an Invented Language These above examples show that the Sanskrit words examined were composed with the use of the Saharan/Basque vocabulary. Sanskrit co-existed with numerous other Prakrit languages of ancient India. [77] According to Stephanie W. Jamison and Joel P. Brereton — Indologists known for their translation of the Rigveda — the Vedic Sanskrit literature "clearly inherited" from Indo-Iranian and Indo-European times the social structures such as the role of the poet and the priests, the patronage economy, the phrasal equations, and some of the poetic meters. [298] These and many Indian scripts look different to the untrained eye, but the differences between Indic scripts is "mostly superficial and they share the same phonetic repertoire and systemic features", states Salomon. [222] The transformations between unstrengthened to guna is prominent in the morphological system, states Jamison, while vr̥ddhi is a particularly significant rule when adjectives of origin and appurtenance are derived. Sanskrit language manuscripts exist in many scripts. Rituals and the rites-of-passage ceremonies have been and continue to be the other occasions where a wide spectrum of people hear Sanskrit, and occasionally join in to speak some Sanskrit words such as "namah". Our editors will review what you’ve submitted and determine whether to revise the article. As per Dalby, India has been a single cultural area for about two millennia which has helped Sanskrit influence on all the Indic languages. Sanskrit has had a historical presence and influence in many parts of Asia. [117] Many Sanskrit dramas indicate that the language coexisted with the vernacular Prakrits. [33] Sanskrit does not have an attested native script: from around the turn of the 1st-millennium CE, it has been written in various Brahmic scripts, and in the modern era most commonly in Devanagari.[a][12][13]. Sanskrit Vartman Patram and Vishwasya Vrittantam started in Gujarat during the last five years.[407]. A Sanskrit loanword encountered in many Southeast Asian languages is the word bhāṣā, or spoken language, which is used to refer to the names of many languages. Almost all these Sanskrit words were manufactured from the VCV half of the Basque Language. The treaty also invokes the gods Varuna, Mitra, Indra, and Nasatya found in the earliest layers of the Vedic literature.[73][75]. [264] Authors coded a hymn's end by frequently using a verse of a metre different than that used in the hymn's body. Sanskrit was also used as the medium for composing treatises of various philosophical schools, as well as works on logic, astronomy, and mathematics. Sanskrit texts continue to be published in regional scripts, although in fairly recent times Devanāgarī has become more generally used. [118] The Classical Sanskrit with its exacting grammar was thus the language of the Indian scholars and the educated classes, while others communicated with approximate or ungrammatical variants of it as well as other natural Indian languages. [207][209][210], According to Masica, Sanskrit has four traditional semivowels, with which were classed, "for morphophonemic reasons, the liquids: y, r, l, and v; that is, as y and v were the non-syllabics corresponding to i, u, so were r, l in relation to r̥ and l̥". The search for perfection in thought and the goal of liberation were among the dimensions of sacred sound, and the common thread that weaved all ideas and inspirations became the quest for what the ancient Indians believed to be a perfect language, the "phonocentric episteme" of Sanskrit. [78][g] While there are similarities, state Jamison and Brereton, there are also differences between Vedic Sanskrit, the Old Avestan, and the Mycenaean Greek literature. 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