Where did the Sanskrit language originate from?

Did it originate from Persia or Greece?

Where did Sanskrit evolve into a classic language: India or Persia or Greece?

The above article says that Sanskrit originated from Syria. But, I need an authentic reference, not a news article.

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    Short answer: India. May 24, 2021 at 15:38
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    @QuintusCaesius, long answer not in India.
    – user366312
    May 24, 2021 at 17:19
  • That link seems to answer your question pretty well.
    – TKR
    May 24, 2021 at 22:48
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    @user366312 right, knew it came from there, but didn't realise that it diverged from proto-indo-iranian so early on, thank you. May 25, 2021 at 4:56
  • @TKR, but, I need an authentic source, not a media article.
    – user366312
    May 25, 2021 at 11:19

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The oldest antecessor of Sanskrit is found in Anatolia (today's Turkey and Northern Iraq) in the Mitanni kingdom. While the language used in correspondence and archives was Hurrian (not obviously related to Indo-Aryan), personal names of the Mitanni ruling class, the names of gods and godesses, and some terminology around horses are considered the oldest attested traces of any Indo-Aryan language and it is assumed that they predate the split into Iranian and Indic.

Next steps is Vedic Sankrit, still a lot older than Classic Sanskrit.

Classic Sanskrit is a highly codified and planned language and was created in Northwest India.


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