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Devavanipravesika: An Introduction to the Sanskrit Language

Robert P Goldman (Author) Sally J Sutherland Goldman (Author)
Synopsis The purpose, in writing this book, is to provide a self-contained primer, workbook and reader for teaching first-year Sanskrit students with no previous linguistic training. The author has tried throughout the work to introduce, explain and illustrate the most significant features of the language through verses, quotations, and readings. To these ends the grammar has been, in several areas, simplified to prevent the beginner from being more hampered than is absolutely necessary by relatively insignificant paradigms, rules, and exceptions. Upon completion of this course, students should have a real working knowledge of the major outlines of Sanskrit sentences with some facility and read, with the help of a dictionary, approximately five to ten verses of the Valmiki Ramayana or a similar text an hour. This primer provides material for approximately the first twenty weeks of an elementary Sanskrit Course. Each of these lessons is followed by a graded reading passage which specially illustrates the forms introduced in that particular chapter while providing increasingly sophisticated use of previously acquired material. These reading are also of cultural value as they form, together, a concise retelling of the main story of the Valmiki Ramayana from the curse of Dasaratha to the abduction of Sita.
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About the authors

Robert P Goldman

Robert P. Goldman received his Ph.D. from the University of Penylvania in 1971. He is Professor of Sanskrit and Chair of the centre for South Asian Studies at the University of California at Berleley, where he has taught Sanskrit for many years. He is the General Editor of the Valmiki Ramayana Translation Project as well as one its principal translators. He has taught and published widely in the areas of Sanskrit literature, epic, and traditional Indian culture.

Sally J Sutherland Goldman

Sally J.Sutherland Goldman received her ph. D. from University of California at Berkeley in 1979, where she has since taught Sanskrit and related subjects. She is the association Editor of the valmiki Ramayana Translation Project as well as one of its principal translators. In addition to her work on the Ramayana, she has edited two books and has written numerous articles on women in the early Indian tradition.

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Bibliographic information

Title Devavanipravesika: An Introduction to the Sanskrit Language
Format Hardcover
Date published: 17.04.2009
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788120833753
length xxxvi+539p., Glossary; Index; 23cm.