Course code Valo3458
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Credit points, number of lectures
Credit points ECTS Credit points Total number of auditorium hours Number of lecture hours Number of seminars and practical work hours Number of student independent work hours
4 6 64 46 18 96
Course annotation The aim of this course is to introduce students to basic Sanskrit and devanāgarī writing. Studies in Sanskrit grammar will be complemented by readings from the epic Rāmāyana. Since Sanskrit is one of the earliest known Indo-European languages, its study will be useful for Indologists as well as Baltic and Classical philologists.
Results 1. Students are able to read and write in devanāgarī script.
2. Students can comprehend and translate simple Sanskrit sentences with the help of a dictionary.

3. Students broaden their general linguistic understanding.
Course plan 1. Introduction (L2).
2. Sanskrit phonetics (L4).
3. Devanāgarī script and its Latin transcription (L4S2).
4. Sandhi rules (L4S2).
5. Sanskrit verbs. Present indicative (L2).
6. Sanskrit nouns and declensions (L4S2).
7. Sanskrit adjectives. Demonstrative pronouns (L2S2).
8. Relative and correlative clauses (L2).
9. Adverbs and indeclinables (L2).
10. Interrogative and negative constructions (S2).
11. Morphology of the present system verbs (L4S2).
12. The imperfect (L2).
13. Verbal prefixes (L2S2).
14. Sanskrit passive (L4S2).
15. Past active participle - bhūte kṛdanta (L4S2).
16. Suffixes -vant; -mant. Past active participle – ktavatu (L2).

17. Imperative (L2).

Requirements for obtaining credit points 1. 3 homework assignments (30%)
2. Participation in seminars (20%)

3. A written exam (50%)

Study programmes Asian Studies