Sanskrit terms for Sanskrit dialects

Dipak Bhattacharya dbhattacharya200498 at YAHOO.COM
Wed Jul 14 17:05:16 UTC 2010

--- On Wed, 14/7/10, Dipak Bhattacharya <dbhattacharya200498 at> wrote:

From: Dipak Bhattacharya <dbhattacharya200498 at>
Subject: Re: [INDOLOGY] Sanskrit terms for Sanskrit dialects
To: "Peter Scharf" <peter_scharf at BROWN.EDU>
Date: Wednesday, 14 July, 2010, 5:03 PM

As far as I know Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit was not recognized as a separate language by literary critics or grammarians. There is a convention of treating all irregular forms as apaśabda. The word ārṣa ‘(employment) by the sage’ is used to mean the employment of irregular words by high authorities/great poets that has been accepted by critics.  There is no term for regular ‘irregularities’ as in Buddhist Sanskrit. 
Since  Daṇḍin regional distinction in literary style has been extensively treated by literary critics from the 7th -8th century onwards. The most prominent styles were Gauḍī and Vaidarbhī 

--- On Wed, 14/7/10, Peter Scharf <peter_scharf at BROWN.EDU> wrote:

From: Peter Scharf <peter_scharf at BROWN.EDU>
Subject: Re: [INDOLOGY] Sanskrit terms for Sanskrit dialects
Date: Wednesday, 14 July, 2010, 2:08 AM

Is anyone aware of traditional Sanskrit terms for Sanskrit dialects that would be equivalent to the following?

Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit

Of course Panini distinguished between chandas and bhaa.saa and also specified usages in particular Vedic traditions (yajus, mantra, etc.).  The term 'chandas' might be taken to be equivalent to 'Vedic'.  However, I am not aware of any traditional terms for the other three.  Are you?

I ask because I proposed that tags based on these four terms be adopted as standard xml language variant subtags.  Some respondents want Indigenous terms, and are especially sensitive to the term 'classical'.  Any suggestions?


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