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The Sanskrit Language
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T. Burrow's description of the world of Sanskrit assumes some prior familiarity with comparative Indo-European linguistics, and some Greek and Latin is essential. The first several chapters do go over the basics of IE linguistics, but this is useful not as an introduction to the field, but more so that one can see what theoretical background Burrow works with. The major update in the third edition is that laryngeal theory and the lessons of Hittite and Mycenaean Greek are now taken into account throughout, which makes this a very contemporary-sounding book in spite of its publication several decades ago.
While the grammar of Sanskrit is covered exhaustively, it is not presented as an endless series of declension and conjugation tables meant for memorization. Instead, Burrow's book fills the void of an introduction to Sanskrit for IE linguists who want to know what it's like in general without really learning it to reading proficiency at the moment. But the book complements Sanskrit primers quite well, for out of the many Sanskrit textbooks I've encountered, Burrow's dedicates the most space by far to noun formation--exactly 100 pages.Read more ›