First Steps Towards Sanskrit: Language, Linguistics and Culture is an accessible first introduction to this ancient Indian language.
Complete beginners are introduced to the language from scratch. Key terms are explained clearly and there is an extensive glossary to assist the reader who is unfamiliar with the terminology of language learning.
By the end of the book, learners will have grasped the basics of the language and be prepared to engage readily in an introductory college or university course or through private study. The addition of cultural, linguistic and historical notes will appeal to learners with diverse interests, ranging from religious studies and philosophy to yoga and comparative or historical linguistics.
The book includes references to classical and modern European languages. Parallels are also drawn with Indic languages where these are relevant, particularly as concerns the writing system. No knowledge of any language other than English is, however, presupposed. This book is ideal for both self-study and in-class use as a primer or core text for pre-sessional courses.
Table of Contents
1. The Sanskrit Language 2. The International Alphabet of Sanskrit Transliteration 3. The Sound System 4. The Writing System 5. The Sanskrit Word 6. The Sanskrit Noun: Declension 7. The Sanskrit Verb: Conjugation 8. Sound Changes: Sandhi 9. From Sentence to Text 10. Texts for the Study of Sanskrit
Anil K. Biltoo is an Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Linguists and has taught Sanskrit for many years at the University of London. He is currently teaching at King’s College London.