Mode of Attendance: Part-time
Fees: Course fees quoted are per term of 10 weeks.
This course aims to continue with the study of grammar and translation building on the skills acquired at the Beginners level. You will commence your study of Sanskrit literature by tackling graded readings from the course textbook. There will be regular practice in reading and pronunciation of Sanskrit.
The below will be achieved through 20 hours of blended learning: this is composed of 15 hours of online structured lessons with the teacher. This is supplemented by a minimum of 5 hours of guided independent learning supported by complementary material and regular feedback from the tutor. The course objective will be achieved within the 10-week course.
It aims to build on the knowledge and capabilities acquired in Sanskrit Beginners. The course enables you to recognize and translate a range of grammatical forms and sentence constructions. The first part of the course is dedicated to revision of selected topics, followed by an examination of compounds and elaboration on three main compound types (tatpuruṣa, karmadhāraya, bahuvrīhi). Another familiar aspect of the language, sandhi, is also deconstructed and the course proceeds to distinguish between consonant and vowel sandhi and their implications on sentence structure and cadence. In terms of conjugation and declension, the present system is expanded to include the optative mood and the course ends with an introduction to consonant stems. The course completes the cycle of stories from the Hitopadeśa and introduces modified textbook examples from famous Mahābhārata passages like the Story of Śakuntalā.
It follows on from Sanskrit Elementary 1 and begins with a revision of the important topic of consonant stems with one stem. This theme is then considerably expanded to include the characteristics of two & three variant consonant stems. Two mythological stories dominate the second term: ‘The Churning of the Ocean’ and ‘The Story of Sagara and his Sons’. Both are used to elucidate the grammatical principles being taught, as well as to enlarge your vocabulary and ability to analyse complex sentences, clauses and sub-clauses. A prominent and distinctive feature of the Sanskrit language is a separate mechanism for describing the dual number, and this topic is explored in some detail. The future, past perfect and imperative tenses are added to your repertoire of conjugation, and at the end of the term, revision and consolidation of the topics covered.
It aims to continue the formal study of the grammar of the Sanskrit language and to give you the opportunity to expand your knowledge of the grammar of the languages and to further your capabilities in engaging with Classical Sanskrit with increasing confidence. Most of this term is dedicated to the introduction & detailed study of non-thematic verbs, with the unique characteristics of each class being highlighted and analysed individually. A new voice is added to the repertoire of active and middle verbs, and the passive – a very prevalent construction – is further explored. ‘The Story of Sagara’, which is closely intertwined with the study of the non-thematic verb classes, is gradually brought to a close. The course concludes with an overview of the topics covered at the Elementary level, and with a forward look at the next level of study (Pre-Intermediate).
Online Course Requirements
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Entry requirement and progression route:
To join Elementary 1, you should have completed Sanskrit Beginners 3 at SOAS Language Centre or have an equivalent level. You are expected to be familiar with the devanāgarī script and with the basic concepts of Sanskrit grammar. To join Elementary 2 or 3 you should have completed Elementary 1 and 2 respectively at SOAS Language Centre or have an equivalent knowledge of guided learning hours (20 hours blended learning per each sub-level). The progression route from Sanskrit Elementary 3 is to Sanskrit Pre-Intermediate 1; from Pre-Intermediate 2 to Pre-Intermediate 3.
The course will be based on the textbook: Maurer, W. H. (2001) The Sanskrit Language: An Introductory Grammar and Reader (Revised edition). London: Routledge.
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