[INDOLOGY] translating optative and indicative

Matthew Kapstein mkapstei at uchicago.edu
Wed Jun 5 19:04:37 UTC 2019

might be...

Matthew Kapstein
Directeur d'études,
Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes

Numata Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies,
The University of Chicago
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Subject: [INDOLOGY] translating optative and indicative

The optative, bhavet, syāt, etc. should often be translated in modern English in an indicative sense.  Is there some formal grammatical documentation for this somewhere?

Related, modern speakers of Indian English often use an optative/subjunctive/conditional "would" where a native British speaker would use a more direct indicative "is".


Professor Dominik Wujastyk<http://ualberta.academia.edu/DominikWujastyk>

Singhmar Chair in Classical Indian Society and Polity

Department of History and Classics<http://historyandclassics.ualberta.ca/>
University of Alberta, Canada

South Asia at the U of A:


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