Sahmilat wrote:Sanskrit: I found Stiehl's Sanskrit Kompendium and posted about it in the Sanskrit Resources thread. What I've been doing is making Anki cards, one kind for verbs with the root, 1st person (he/she/it) singular, and English, and then cloze cards for the sentences. I don't know if mass Anki is the best way to use this resource, but it's pretty easy and is keeping me engaged for now. I might also make cloze cards of the sentences from Perry that I already have digitized. The Kompendium is probably going to be pretty good for now because I can understand most (read: some) of the German translations and for any grammatical questions I can refer to first the grammar in the book itself and second to MacDonell's student grammar, which I have in print.
Hey Sahmilat, always enjoy and get a lot out of your posts here and also in the Sanskrit Resources thread. Sanskrit Kompendium
seems like a great resource. I wish my German was good enough to benefit from the explanations.
the edition of MacDonell's Student Grammar that you have in print? I've been looking at scans of his books, and it would be nice to have a physical copy. And if that's the one, it seems like a steal, so I took a chance and went ahead and ordered. I wish there was an equivalent reedition of his Vedic Reader, because I've enjoyed looking at that. One stanza at a time from the Rigveda, with lots of notes.
I also got myself a physical copy of Maurer, which wasn't a steal at all, but I'm really enjoying it. I like that it's kind of opinionated in a good way, with a lot of authorial personality in the explanations. And I like how he decides to present things in a somewhat different order than in most introductions. Like he teaches the gerund and past passive early, since he says they appear often in texts, and saves the dual for later. I couldn't say yet if that makes for a better progression, but I like the thinking behind it.
Personally, I'm too much of a "with ease" language learner to enjoy translating sentences from English into the target language, so I'm skipping those parts, but I'm reading the lessons and then reading the Sanskrit passages with the help of the accompanying glossaries. I'm still at the very beginning, and I don't know if I'll stick with it, but I have to say, reading the connected passage in chapter two was slow going but very satisfying. I think this will make a nice complement to the Assimil course, where I find myself pretty much stalled in week three. It could be that for ancient languages, I need something a bit more comprehensive to go along with Assimil.
Sahmilat wrote:I'm considering doing some reading about Indo-European linguistics. While I think it may be a kind of specific field of linguistics compared to something that seems more relevant like sociolinguistics, and although it has some serious baggage with racism in the history of the field, it is still interesting to me, and I think I'm in a pretty good place to start doing some studying, which good knowledge of Latin, working knowledge of Greek, and a start in Sanskrit. It's obviously not itself language learning, and I imagine that many Indo-Europeanists don't really know much about SLA or anything like that, but it's clearly an adjacent field that I can see myself getting into. LMU Munich has a masters in it, and will take someone with a Classics undergrad degree, so when I graduate I might look to that, if I decide I want to live in the ivory tower forever.
Sounds fascinating to me. I've been giving some serious thought to doing something similar (even though I'm past the age when it probably would have made the most sense, which might not dissuade me but might hurt my chances of getting into a program). The Indo-European Studies program at UCLA is one I've had my eye on. Also UT Austin. Unfortunately, my German isn't remotely good enough to consider programs in Germany, but otherwise they would be very appealing. LMU Munich looks great. I wish there were similar programs in Spain. I've found programs there that seem good for Latin and Greek, but I'm also interested in Sanskrit and the whole Indo-Iranian branch, and I think I'd only be interested in a program that kind of covered the whole expanse. And I'd want a program that's grounded in linguistics. Sounds like you're thinking that way too.
I'd be interested to know if you find any books on Indo-European linguistics that you really like. I mentioned that I've enjoyed skipping around in Fortson. I've also looked at Don Ringe's books tracing the development from PIE to Proto-Germanic to Old English, Andrew Byrd's book on the PIE syllable, Andrew Sihler's New Comparative Grammar of Greek and Latin
(which sometimes brings in Sanskrit), and a couple others I'm forgetting. All good, but so far none that I felt inspired to read from cover from cover. I've heard that How to Kill a Dragon
by Calvert Watkins is a good read (Jackson Crawford and Tony Yates speak highly of it in this video
), but I haven't gotten to it yet.