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  • Prakrit in the Language Order of India

    Andrew Ollett

    Chapter from the book: Ollett, A. 2017. Language of the Snakes: Prakrit, Sanskrit, and the Language Order of Premodern India.

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    How do we think about Prakrit? This chapter introduces the language, one of India’s “classical” languages that is nevertheless poorly studied, and claims that a better understanding of Prakrit as a literary phenomenon will help us gain insight into the workings and history of literary languages in general in premodern India. I take a “cultural-historical” approach to the language, in contrast to the prevailing “natural-historical” approach, which allows me to focus on practices—the things that people did with Prakrit—and thus on literature and its forms of knowledge. I also frame my investigation in terms of premodern India’s “language orders,” the broadly-shared ways of imagining and representing languages in relation to each other within a culture.

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    Ollett, A. 2017. Prakrit in the Language Order of India. In: Ollett, A, Language of the Snakes. California: University of California Press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1525/luminos.37.a
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    Published on Oct. 10, 2017

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