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Phonetics in ancient India (original 1953; edition 1970)

by W. Sidney Allen

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Title:Phonetics in ancient India
Authors:W. Sidney Allen
Info:London : Oxford University Press, 1970.
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Phonetics in ancient India by W. Sidney Allen (1953)



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Possibly due to the great importance placed on the correct recitation of the Vedic texts, phonetics in ancient India advanced far further than in contemporary Mediterranean civilization - or anywhere or anywhen else before the nineteenth century. With this book Allen sought to bring his readers to an appropriate appreciation of this fact by writing what amounts to a Sanskrit phonology that constantly refers to the old Indic phonetic treatises and compares their analysis with both modern phonetic theory* and ancient Graeco-Roman philology (which last generally comes across as undeveloped and unsophisticated).

I found it quite interesting.

* It not being 1953 anymore, Allen's descriptions of "modern" phonetics are sometimes quaint.
  AndreasJ | Jan 2, 2013 |
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