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Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Grammar and Dictionary (2 Vols)

Price : $80.00
ISBN # : 9788121511100
Author : Franklin Edgerton
pages: 866
Edition : Hardcover
Volumes : 2
Publisher : Promilla
Published : 2004

Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Grammar And Dictionary is apioneering work dealing with the description of the grammar and the lexicon ofBuddhist Hybrid Sanskrit (BHS). It is based primarily on an old Middle Indic vernacular not otherwise identifiable. It contains features which were borrowed from other Middle Indic dialects either originally or in the course of historic development or both. In other words, even its Middle Indic aspects are dialectically somewhat mixed. However, Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit (BHS) was also influenced extensively by Sanskrit from the very beginning of the tradition as it has been transmitted to us and increasingly as time went on.

Later many products of this tradition have often, though wrongly been called "Sanskrit" without any bearing. The most stinking peculiarity of this language is that fromthe very beginning of its tradition it was modified in the direction of standard Sanskrit, while still retaining evidences of its Middle Indic origin, in all itstexts, even the oldest, as shown by our manuscripts and editions. Sanskritismsare constantly presented cheek by jowl with Middle Indic forms, and often with hybrids which strictly are neither one or other. These Sanskritisms are much too common to be comparable with stray Sanskrit loan words or loan forms which mayhave been occasionally adopted in many genuine Middle Indic vernacular. The author has excluded from the grammar and dictionary all forms which are standard Sanskrit, and all words which are used in standard Sanskrit with the same meanings. The work is presented in two comprehensive volumes.

This book was added to South Asia bookstore on Wednesday 04 June, 2008.
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