Indo-Iranian

The Indo-Iranian family includes Sanskrit and its descendants (Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, etc.), the languages of Persia (modern Farsi), Avestan, Pashto, and Kurdish, among others.
  • Bartholomae, C. (1961). Altiranisches Wörterbuch (2nd ed.). Berlin: W. de Gruyter.
    Olin PK6106.B28 A4 1961 in room 501

    The only complete dictionary of Avestan, somewhat out of date.

  • Columbia University Center for Iranian Studies. (2002). Encyclopaedia Iranica. New York: Columbia University Center for Iranian Studies.
    available online

    Exhaustively covers all the Iranian languages, literatures and cultures.

  • Delbrück, B. (1888). Altindische syntax. Halle: Buchh. des Waisenhauses.
    available online

    A fundamental treatment of Sanskrit syntax.

  • Kent, R. G. (1950). Old Persian: Grammar, texts, lexicon. New Haven: American Oriental Society.
    Olin Oversize PK6121.K37 +

    Easy to use, but slightly out of date.

  • Macdonell, A. A. (1910). Vedic grammar. Strassburg: K.J. Trübner.
    Kroch PK231.M13 1910a

    Lists all word forms appearing in Vedic by category.

  • Mayrhofer, M. (1986). Etymologisches Wörterbuch des Altindoarischen. Heidelberg: C. Winter.
    Olin PK905.M47 E8 in room 501

    An up-to-date dictionary of Vedic and the Classical Indic languages.

  • Schmitt, R. (1989). Compendium linguarum Iranicarum. Wiesbaden: L. Reichert.
    Olin Oversize PK6014.C73 +

    An up-to-date historical treatment of the Iranian languages.

  • Whitney, W. D. (1931). Sanskrit grammar: Including both the classical language, and the older dialects, of Veda and Brahmana (2nd ed.). Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
    Kroch PK663.W5 1931

    The standard Sanskrit grammar, still excellent.