Sanskrit as a Natural Language?

Shyam Ranganathan srangan at YORKU.CA
Fri Nov 19 20:21:03 UTC 2004

Dear Friends and Colleagues

I was wondering if any one could provide me some references to either articles
or books in English on the question of whether Sanskrit was ever a natural,
vernacular language, or whether what we understand as Sanskrit has for the most
part been a formalized language.

I ask because I am interested in the question of whether Sanskrit vocabulary
(particularly in philosophical texts) has displayed more stability in meaning
and function over centuries and millennia, than a language such as English.

Thank you


Shyam Ranganathan
Department of Philosophy, York University, Toronto     (
Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy (


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