• The first volume is an update on the interface of archaeology, linguistics, philology and history of early South Asia (ed. G. Erdosy, Toronto conference of 1992):

  • IPSAS Vol.1



    The Indo-Aryans of Ancient South Asia. -
    Language, Material Culture and Ethnicity.
    George Erdosy, ed. (Febr. 1996)

  • IPSAS vol.2



    A Handbook of Pâli Literature

    by O. von Hinüber  (July 1996)

  • IPSAS vol. 3



    Pâli. A Grammar of the Theravâda Tipitaka
    With a Concordance to Pischel's Grammatikder Prakrit-Sprachen

    by Thomas Oberlies   (August 2001)

    IPSAS vol. 4

    The Laghukathâ
    A historical and Literary Analysis of  a modern Hindi Prose Genre

    by Ira Valeria Sarma (Feb. 2003)

    * IPSAS vol. 5

    A Grammar of Epic Sanskrit

    by Thomas Oberlies  (Oct. 2003)

    pp.LVI, 632

    see:  de Gruyter's announcement

  • Other volumes to be publsihed include:

  • A history of Urdu literature, a Vedic history, etc. Proposals may be made to the editors.


    IPSAS 1


    George Erdosy, ed. Berlin/New York 1996         ISBN 311 014447 6
    XXII, 417 pp., with 13 figures and 15 maps. Cloth.

    23.0 x 15.5 cm. XXII, 417 p. 13 fig. maps. Cloth. DM 256,-- / öS 1869,-- / sFr 220,-- /
           approx. US$ 128.00.
           ab 01.01.2002: ?x20AC; 128,--
           ISBN 3-11-014447-6

  • The volume offers a range of papers concerning archaeological and linguistic approaches to a study of the emergence of Indo-Aryan speakers in the 2nd millennium BC. Its underlying theme is the need to reconcile the approaches of these two disciplines towards ethicity, migrations and social evolution since much of the current confusion regarding the "Aryan problem" stems from mutual misunderstandings of the subject matter, aims, approaches and limitations of archaeology and linguistics. The aim of the papers, thus, is to outline avenues to a solution of the problem, rather than to grope for the solutions themselves.






    I. Theoretical perspectives

    G. Erdosy, Language, material culture and ethnicity: theoretical perspectives.
    K.A.R. Kennedy, Have Aryans been identified in the prehistoric skeletal record from South Asia? Biological anthropology and concepts of ancient races.
    M. M. Deshpande, Vedic Aryans, non-Vedic Aryans and non- Aryans: judging the linguistic evidence of the Veda.
    M. Witzel, Early Indian history: linguistic and textual parameters.
    J.G. Shaffer and D.A. Lichtenstein: The concepts of "cultural tradition" and "palaeoethnicity" in South Asian Archaeology.
    P.O. Skjaervo, The Avesta as source for the early history of the Iranians

    II. Historical perspectives

    F.T. Hiebert, South Asia from a Central Asian perspective (3500-1750 B.C.)
    W.A. Fairservis, Central Asia and the Rigveda - the archaeological evidence
    J. M. Kenoyer, Interaction systems, specialized crafts and culture change: the Indus Valley Tradition and the Indo-Gangetic Tradition in South Asia
    F. C. Southworth, Reconstructing social context from language: Indo-Aryan and Dravidian prehistory
    K. R. Norman, Dialect variation in Old and Middle Indo-Aryan
    R. Salomon, On drawing socio-linguistic distinctions in Old Indo-Aryan: the question of Kshatriya Sanskrit and related problems
    M. Witzel, Rigvedic history: poets, chieftains and polities
    A. Parpola, The problem of the Aryans and the Soma: the archaeological evidence
    H. Nyberg, The problems of the Aryans and the Soma: the botanical evidence


    IPSAS Vol.2

    A Handbook of Pali Literature

    by Oskar von Hinüber

    Berlin/New York (W. de Gruyter), [July] 1996 pp. xiii + 257    ISBN 311 014992 3

    23.0 x 15.5 cm. XIII, 257 p. Cloth. DM 196,-- / öS 1431,-- / sFr 169,-- / approx. US$ 98.00.
           ab 01.01.2002: ?x20AC; 98,--
  • A concise discussion in 450 short sections of the various texts of the Tipitaka and of the other texts in Pali language. (Excluded are, according to an older plan of a Handbook of Theravada Literature that did not materialize: Law, Medicine and Philology).



    Each text is briefly introduced, its structure and history of composition discussed, commentaries, editions and translations listed, and, where possible at present, the relative age of the texts has been indicated. The most important secondary literature is given and discussed as well.

    Besides the canonical texts and ancillary literature, a considerable part of the book deals with the traditional commentaries, subcommentaries and handbooks (p.100-176). Pali literature from S. E. Asia, letters and inscriptions are treated as well. A detailed bibliography is appended (p. 208-228).

    <Indian edition>

    Hinüber, Oskar von: A Handbook of Pali Literature
           2000. 23.0 x 15.5 cm. XIII, 257 p. Pb. DM 49,90 / öS 364,-- / sFr 45,-- / approx. US$ 25.00.
           ab 01.01.2002: ?x20AC; 24,95
           ISBN 3-11-016738-7

    IPSAS Vol. 3

    Pâli. A Grammar of the Theravâda Tipitaka
    With a Concordance to Pischel's Grammatikder Prakrit-Sprachen

    by Thomas Oberlies

    Berlin/New York (W. de Gruyter), [August] 2001 pp. xviii +385  ISBN 3-11-016763-8 (3110167638)

    23.0 x 15.5 cm. XVIII, 385 p. 2001. Cloth
    DM 256,- / öS 1869,- / sFr 220,- / approx. US$ 128.00
    ab 01.01.2002: ?x20AC; 128,-

    The grammar presents a full description of Pâli, the language used in the Theravâda Buddhist canon, which is still alive in Sri Lanka and South-East Asia. The development of its phonological and morphological systems is traced in detail from Old Indic. Comprehensive references to comparable features and phenomena from other Middle Indic languages mean that this grammar can also be used to study the literature of Jainism.


    IPSAS Vol. 4

    The Laghukathâ
    A historical and Literary Analysis of  a modern Hindi Prose Genre

    by Ira Valeria Sarma

    Berlin/New York: de Gruyter 2003
    pp. XII , 344
    ISBN 3-11-017593-2

    This books deals with a modern prose genre, including its early history and development since c. 1900. It concentrates on  the recent flourishing of the Laghukathâ since c. 1970 and discusses its development as an independent genre, the authors, their intentions, the means of publication. The main focus is on literary analysis: content, themes, protagonists, space and form; an extensive chapter deals with style.