Madhav Deshpande

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Madhav Deshpande

Professor of Sanskrit, Asian Languages & Cultures, and Linguistics

202 S. Thayer, Suite 6111
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-1608

Office Location(s): 5016 STB
Phone: 734.647.2159
Fax: 734.647.0157
mmdesh@umich.edu

  • Affiliation(s)
    • Asian Languages & Cultures
    • Center for South Asian Studies
  • Fields of Study
    • Historical linguistics
    • Sanskrit grammatical tradition
    • Sanskrit phonetics
    • Indo-Aryan linguistics
    • Sociolinguistics of Sanskrit and Prakrit languages
  • About

    Madhav Deshpande is Professor of Asian Languages and Cultures, and Linguistics. During his undergraduate and graduate education, Madhav Deshpande began his linguistic training with the tradition of Sanskrit grammarians and subsequently incorporated modern linguistics within his academic background. His work extensively deals with phonetic, phonological, and syntactic theories of the Sanskrit grammarians like Panini, a historical understanding of how and why the traditions of linguistic analysis such as phonetics, etymology, grammar, and metrics developed in ancient India, as well as a historical sociolinguistics of Sanskrit and Prakrit languages that takes into account social, religious, and political history of the Indian subcontinent.

  • Education
    • Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania, 1972
    • M.A. University of Pune, Pune, India, 1968
    • B.A. Fergusson College, Pune, India, 1966