[INDOLOGY] new publication

George Thompson gthomgt at gmail.com
Thu Feb 2 21:02:53 UTC 2017

Dear Boris,

I am glad to hear that this project which you have worked so hard to
complete is now published.



On Thu, Feb 2, 2017 at 1:54 PM, Boris Oguibenine via INDOLOGY <
indology at list.indology.info> wrote:

> Dear Colleagues,
> I would like to announce the publication of this book appeared just at the
> end of 2016:
> Boris Oguibénine*. A Descriptive Grammar of Buddhist Sanskrit. The
> language of the Textual Tradition of the Mahāsāṃghika-Lokottoravādins.
> General Introduction. Sound Patterns. Sandhi Patterns, *484 pp., 2016.
> Journal of Indo-European Studies Monograph 64, Institute for the Study of
> Man,  Washington DC.
> ISBN Hardback: 978-0-9983669-0-6
> ISBN Paperback: 978-0-9983669-1-3
>  Summary
>  This book is the first detailed description of the phonetics of Buddhist
> Sanskrit as shown in the textual tradition of the Buddhist sect known as
> Mahāsāṃghika-Lokottoravādins. The texts use the language which undoubtedly
> bears the marks of Middle Indian influence,  mostly of Pāli. However,  as
> widely recognized,  this language is not identical with Pāli or any other
> Middle Indian dialect. F. Edgerton’s pioneer grammar of this language (New
> Haven: Yale University Press,  1953),  which he called “Buddhist Hybrid
> Sanskrit” allows only a limited space to its phonetics. The present book
> contains an analysis of the phonetic evidence of all available texts of the
> Mahāsāṃghika-Lokottoravādins. Several of them have been published after
> Edgerton’s demise,  and their data had necessarily to be incorporated in
> our analysis.
>           Special emphasis is made on the fact that this language does not
> owe its shape to either Middle Indian dialect,  but is a language on its
> own,  with its own peculiar structural constraints and features.
>           Particularly,  to account for its mixed nature,  all occurrences
> of sound and their sequences are thoroughly examined with special attention
> to the alternations taking place within the texts and their layers,
>  probably pointing to the language habits of the speakers of different
> Middle Indian dialects,  which contributed to the production of the textual
> tradition that stood in the midway between Hīnayāna’s and Mahāyāna’s texts.
>        The intricate problem of sandhi patterns is also given much
> attention as it is generally believed that these patterns were subject to
> no constraints whatsoever.
>            This volume on the phonetics should be followed by further
> volumes dedicated to morphological and syntactic patterns of this language
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