Sir William Jones on Sanskrit

 

 

“The Sanscrit language, whatever be its antiquity, is of a wonderful structure; more perfect than the Greek, more copious than the Latin, and more exquisitely refined than either, yet bearing to both of them a stronger affinity, both in the roots of verbs and in the forms of grammar, than could possibly have been produced by accident.”

— Sir William Jones, The Third Anniversary Discourse for The Asiatick Society of Bengal (1786)

 

The brilliant linguist Sir William Jones (1746-1794) was a member of Samuel Johnson’s Literary Club.

 

posted by Roger W. Smith

   November 2020

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