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Linguistic Issues in Encoding Sanskrit

Scharf, Peter M. [u.a.]:
Linguistic issues in encoding Sanskrit / Peter M. Scharf ; Malcolm D. Hyman. - Delhi : Motilal Banarsidass, 2012. - xxi, 269 S. : Ill.
ISBN 978-81-208-3539-9
Rs. 600,00
US$ 24,75 (South Asia Books)
US$ 31,50 (D.K. Agencies)
DDC: 491.20285; 005.722

Questions surrounding the encoding of speech have been considered since scholars began to consider the history of different writing systems and of writing itself. In modern times, attention has been paid to such issues as standardizing systems for portraying in Roman script, the scripts used for recording other languages, and this has given rise to discussions about distinctions such as that between transliteration and transcription. In recent times, moreover, the advent and general use of digital technology has allowed us not only to replicate with relative ease details of various scripts and to produce machine searchable texts but also to reproduce images of manuscripts that can be viewed and manipulated. At the source of such endeavours lie the facts of language: phonological and phonetic matters that scripts portray with various degrees of fidelity. The main text is complemented by a series of appendixes, four of which directly concern encoding. The first of these contains thirteen tables, in which are treated not only Sanskrit phonetic and phonological features but also, interestingly, reconstructions of Proto-Indo-European phonology according to different scholars. The second, third and fourth appendixes concern encoding schemes developed within the context of the Sanskrit Library established as a website by Scharf: the Sanskrit Library Phonetic basic encoding scheme, the Sanskrit Library segmental encoding scheme, and the Sanskrit Library phonetic featural encoding scheme. [Verlagsinformation]

Foreword by George Cardona
1. Introduction
2. Existing encoding systems for Sanskrit
3. Critique of encoding systems seen so far
4. The basis for encoding: a reanalysis
5. Sanskrit phonology
6. Sound-based encoding
7. Script-based encoding
8. Conclusions
   A. Tables
   B. Sanskrit Library Phonetic Basic
   C. Sanskrit Library Phonetic Segmental
   D. Sanskrit Library Phonetic Featural
   E. Malcolm D. Hyman

PETER M. SCHARF, Senior Lecturer in Sanskrit, Brown University, Providence (RI). Profile page.
MALCOLM D. HYMAN (1970-2009) was an expert in classics and digital humanities. After earning his doctorate in classical philology at Brown University, he served as research fellow in digital projects in the history of science at Harvard University and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science.

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