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Vedic Sanskrit: Linguistic Structure and Prehistory


Admission requirements

Some 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

  • Insight into the linguistic structure of Vedic Sanskrit

  • Knowledge of major historical developments of Sanskrit


The timetable is available on the “MA Linguistics website”:

Mode of instruction

Students are expected to attend the weekly seminars of the BA course “Vedisch Sanskrit” (5512V2038), where we’ll treat the synchronic grammar of Vedic Sanskrit.
Students will be given a reading list for self-study in order to deepen their knowledge of the historical development of this language.

Course Load

26 contact hours
52 hours for preparation of the classes
10 hours for the study of the reading list
50 hours for preparation of the exam
2 hours for the exam

Assessment Method

A written exam at the end of the course (synchronic grammar of Vedic Sanskrit), including a number of questions covering the reading list.


This course is not supported by Blackboard.

Reading list

Macdonell, Arthur Anthony, A Vedic grammar for students. (Reprinted many times; any edition may be used.)
Syllabi will be provided during the course.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

When registering, students that are registered for the specialisation that this course belongs to, or the Research Master, take priority. The deadline for registration is August 15. All other students should contact the “coordinator of studies”:

General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch

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