New IPSAS Vol.: Epic Grammar by Th. Oberlies

Mi. Witzel witzel at FAS.HARVARD.EDU
Mon Nov 17 19:38:01 UTC 2003

Sorry, I  forgot to put in INDOLOGY's address in this recent message to the
Indology/Indian lists. So, again:

We are please to announce the release of a new volume in the Grundriss
Wezler and Michael Witzel
( :

IPSAS  vol. 5

Thomas Oberlies
A Grammar of Epic Sanskrit
Berlin, New York : de Gruyter 2003

pp.LVI, 632, Euro 148.00

This massive book, dedicated to E.D. Kulkarni and N. Sen, deals with the
typical  features that distinguish the Sanskrit of the Mahabharata and
Ramayana from the classical Sanskrit (of Panini) and establish it as a
distinct form of Sanskrit, just like Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit.

The work is based on the critical edition of both texts, as made available
in electronic form by Muneo Tokunaga (Kyoto Univ.)

It deals with questions of Sandhi, declension (nouns, pronouns, numerals,
ordinals), the verbal system, including the aberrant form of present
classes, and with syntax. There are additional sections on nominal
composition, prepositions and postpositions, and a long section (pp.
383-550) on the roots and verb forms specific to Epic Sanskrit, which is a
welcome addition to Whitney's "Roots" -- by now quite dated.

cf. de Gruyter's announcemnt :

Th. Oberlies is Professor and Chair at Göttingen University.
(Seminar für Indologie und Buddhismuskunde der Universität,
Hainbundstrasse 21, 37085 Göttingen, Germany ; Tel. 0551-57068; Fax -48014 )

The book will eventually be reprinted in India by Munshiram Manoharlal.

Michael Witzel
Department of Sanskrit & Indian Studies, Harvard University
1 Bow Street, Cambridge MA 02138, USA

ph. 1- 617-496 2990 (also messages)
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