Indic Grou1 - Indic Group The Indic, or Indo-Aryan,...

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Indic Group The Indic, or Indo-Aryan, languages form the largest group of the Indo-Iranian subfamily. The oldest written form of the Indic group is Vedic (or Vedic Sanskrit), in which the Veda were composed. Although the Veda appear to have first been written down in the 3d cent. B.C., they were transmitted orally long before this time—possibly before the 15th cent. B.C. Vedic has been described as the parent language of Sanskrit , which by the 4th cent. B.C. had become the sacred and literary language of the Hindus of India, and its classical form was in use (at least for literature) until c.A.D. 1100. This tongue was called Sanskrit (that is, “polished”) to distinguish it from the many vernacular dialects to which the label Prakrit (or “natural”) was attached. Sanskrit, the most important source for all modern Indic languages, has survived to this day as a liturgical language in India. It is written in Devanagari, a development of the Brahmi script,
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