East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai




Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

4 thoughts on “Sanskrit

  1. “Sanskrit is the mother of all languages” is a misconception that somehow keeps popping up everywhere. Yes, Sanskrit is old, in fact it was one of the first “dialects” of Proto-Indoeuropean to separate from the main branch and develop into a proper language.
    The claim that Sanskrit words are found in all languages is a tad silly as well. It had a strong influence on the Iranic languages and the languages of India, and possibly on some of the South East. Other than that, cognates in European languages are due to PIE being the common ancestor of them all. I also doubt Sanskrit had any influence on languages outside of Eurasia.

    That being said, it is a fascinating language. It’s extremely conservative, having changed little through the centuries, and its grammar is incredibly regular and “tidy” when compared to other IE languages.

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