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    May 14, 2019 (modified September 28, 2022)

    I prepared an index of the following work: Louis Renou. Terminologie grammaticale du sanskrit. Bibliothèque de l’École des hautes études 280-282. 3 vols. Paris: Honoré Champion. A PDF file of this work can be downloaded here.

    The index gives you the list of Sanskrit terms defined in the books, together with the corresponding page numbers and other potentially useful information. Not all Sanskrit terms are indexed, only primary entries (they appear in bold face in the books) and secondary entries (they appear at the beginning of a paragraph within an entry). Other Sanskrit terms are ignored.

    The data can be used to create a search interface for the dictionary. It is available as a CSV file, encoded in UTF-8 and normalized to NFC. You can download it here. Entries are sorted as in the books. This is not the Sanskrit alphabetical order, for three reasons:

    The CSV file contains the following columns:

    # Name Explanation
    0 id Entry id. A monotonically increasing integer, starting at 1. This value is used for cross-referencing purposes (see below).
    1 term Entry term, in IAST notation. Does not contain non-alphabetic characters except spaces (U+0020) and the anusvara, written ' (U+0027). The cerebral l consonant is noted , even though Renou represents it with , to make it easier to distinguish it from the vowel .
    2 type Rough classification of entries, based on the shape of the entry term. (In the dictionary, verbs are written with a trailing hyphen e.g. atidiś- vol. 1, p. 6; suffixes are written with an initial hyphen and generally a trailing hyphen e.g. -śas vol. 3, p. 508 and -īyas- vol. 3, p. 389.) Three possible values: “verb”, “suffix” and “other” (for everything else, most notably substantives and adjectives).
    3 correction A boolean indicating whether the entry appears in the addition/correction section at the end of the first volume. 0 if not, otherwise 1. There are no additions or corrections to the second and third volumes.
    4 volume Volume number. An integer between 1 and 3 inclusive. This information is not necessary for locating an entry, because pages are numbered across the three volumes (entries of the second volume start at p. 193, entries of the third one at p. 357).
    5 page Page number. A positive integer. To be more accurate, this is the number of the page on which the term appears, if an entry spans several pages.
    6 parent If the entry is primary i.e. if it appears in bold face in the book, this field contains the value 0. Otherwise, it holds the id of the primary entry under which the entry appears. For instance, the secondary entry aṅgavṛtta (vol. 1, p. 6) has the value 9 as parent, because this is the id of its parent entry aṅga (vol. 1, p. 5). The parent term itself cannot be used for cross-referencing, because terms are not unique across the dictionary.

    It must be noted that terms are not unique within the index. This applies to corrected entries at the end of the first volume, but also to other entries. For instance, the term visarga appears both in vol. 2, p. 288 and in vol. 3, p. 500.

    Other electronic Sanskrit dictionaries are distributed by the University of Cologne.