Ideology and Status of Sanskrit: Contributions to the History of the Sanskrit Language

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Jan E. M. Houben
BRILL, 1996 - Social Science - 499 pages
The present volume is the outcome of a seminar on the Ideology and Status of Sanskrit held in Leiden under the auspices of the International Institute for Asian Studies. The book contains studies of crucial periods and important areas in the history of the Sanskrit language, from the earliest, Vedic and pre-Vedic periods, through the period in which the (restricted) use of Sanskrit spread over practically all of South (including part of Central) and Southeast Asia (sometimes referred to as the period of "Greater India"), up to the recent history of Sanskrit in India. The contributions of this volume are divided into three sections: (1) Origins and Creation of the "Eternal Language"; (2) Transculturation, Vernacularization, Sanskritization; (3) The Sanskrit Tradition: Continuity from the past or Construction from the present?
 

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Contents

Origins and Creation of the Eternal Language
13
The early history of Sanskrit as supreme language
59
What was Sanskrit for? Metadiscursive strategies
87
the Buddhist contribution
109
Jain attitudes towards the Sanskrit language Paul Dundas
137
Transculturation Sanskritization Vernacularization
195
Instances of treatment of Sanskrit
265
l2 More on the Karakasarhgraha a Sanskrit grammatical
289
l4 Do you speak Sanskrit? On a class of Sanskrit texts
327
l5 Sanskrit and Hindu national identity in nineteenth
347
from
367
l7 Position of Sanskrit in public education and scientific
383
Features
401
Bibliography
439
Author Index
487
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l3 The introduction of Indian Prosody among the Thais
307

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About the author (1996)

Jan E.M. Houben obtained his Ph.D. in 1992 for a thesis on Bhartr hari's philosophy of language (Utrecht University). At present he is a Fellow of the International Institute for Asian Studies, Leiden, doing research in ancient Indian grammar and philosophy.

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