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Vedic Sanskrit


Admission requirements

Background knowledge of Indo-European linguistics.
Exchange students are allowed to follow this class if they have sufficient knowledge of Indo-European linguistics.


This course provides an introduction into Vedic Sanskrit, the language of the Vedas, especially that of the Rigveda, which is the oldest of them. Next to a survey of the synchronic phonology and morphology, we will be dealing with the major facets of Sanskrit historical grammar.

Course objectives

At the end of the course, students are expected to:

  • Be able to use linguistic terminology to analyse Vedic phonology and nominal and verbal morphology

  • Memorize the most important (pro)nominal and verbal paradigms of Vedic Sanskrit

Be able to use their knowledge of Sanskrit historical grammar to predict the Sanskrit outcome of Proto-Indo-European reconstructions and to reconstruct the Proto-Indo-European ancestor of Sanskrit words.


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Mode of instruction

lecture / seminar

Assessment method


Midterm written exam with open questions (graded pass/fail)
Final written exam with open questions (graded 1-10)


To pass the course, students must pass both the midterm exam and the final exam. The course grade is determined 100 % by the final exam.


Students who fail the course may resit the exam.

Inspection and feedback

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.

Reading list

Arthur Anthony Macdonell, A Vedic grammar for students (reprinted many times; any edition may be used), will be used as a reference grammar.
Syllabi will be provided during the course (and uploaded to Brightspace).


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available on this website

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