The Language of the Harappans: From Akkadian to Sanskrit

The Language of the Harappans: From Akkadian to Sanskrit

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Language: English

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Since the formulation of Indo-European theory in the 19th c., Sanskrit has been considered the language brought over by the Aryas. This raised the question after the discovery of the Harappan culture: what was the language of the Harappans? This book tries to answer this question. Since the 19th c. Sanskrit has been considered the language of the Aryas. This book questions this formulation and after critically reviewing the evidence of the Indo-Europeanists offers an alternative, viz. that Akkadian, as the language of the Asuras, the original inhabitants of the land, is the parent of Vedic and classical Sanskrit. 

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Publisher Abhinav Publications
ISBN 9788170173250
Publishing Date 27-Mar-2012
Language English
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Contents


Acknowledgements
Prefatory Note 
List of Illustrations 
Abbreviations 

I. Introductory 

II. The Background 
1. The problem of the Harappan language and the script 
2. The ethnic identity of the Harappans 

III. The Formative Elements of the Harappan Culture 
1. Current hypothesis 
2. Current evidence 
3. Discussion 
4. An alternative hypothesis and evidence for it 

IV. The Harappan and the Akkadian Chronology 
1. The arrival of the Harappans in the Indus Valley 
2. The antecedents of the Harappans in West Asia 

V. The Language of the Harappan Script 
1. The Harappan script and the present hypothesis 
2. The proto-Dravidian hypothesis examined 
3. The problem of retroflex consonants 
4. The checks on the hypothesis 
5. The invalidity of the formation of proto-Aryan in West Asia

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