Classical Languages

  • Jorge A. Suarez


0.1. The absence of a clearly defined group of Indian languages to which the term ‘classical’ unquestionably applies is the first lacuna we meet in the literature on classical Indian languages. Nor has it been explicitly stated what characteristics, of time or others, some old period of an Indian language should have in order to qualify as classical. The term is firmly established for Nahuatl texts of chiefly the sixteenth century, but it is not universally applied to other languages. A few examples will suffice.


Seventeenth Century Relative Clause Indian Language Classical Language Subordinate Clause 


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