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Hans Henrich Hock Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus of Linguistics
Professor Emeritus of Germanic Languages and Literatures
Professor Emeritus of Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies

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Specializations / Research Interests

Indo-European and general historical linguistics; Sanskrit and South Asian linguistics; Contact linguistics; Language and ideology

Distinctions / Awards

  • D.Litt., Deccan Postgraduate and Research College, 2018; Honorary Life Membership, Societas Linguistica Europaea, 2018; Fellow, Linguistic Society of America, 2013; Convener, Veda Section, 15th and 16th World Sanskrit Conference; Fellow, Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Advanced Study, JNU, 2010


M.A., Northwestern University, 1964

Ph.D., Yale University, 1971

D.Litt., Deccan Postgraduate and Research College, 2018



  • Hock, Hans Henrich. The languages and linguistics of South Asia: A comprehensive guide. Berlin: DeGruyter Mouton, 2016.
  • Veda and Vedic literature: Select papers from the panel on “Veda and Vedic Literature” at the 16th World Sanskrit Conference . New Delhi: DKPublishers, 2016.
  • Hock, Hans Henrich. Language History, Language Change, and Language Relationship: An Introduction to historical and comparative linguistics. Comp. Brian D. Joseph. Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter, 2009.
  • Language history, language change, and language relationship: An introduction to historical and comparative linguistics. Berlin: Mouton DeGruyter, 2009.
  • Hock, Hans Henrich. An early Upanisadic reader, with notes, glossary, and an appendix of related Vedic texts. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 2007.
  • Principles of historical linguistics. Berlin: Mouton DeGruyter, 1991.

Book Contributions

  • Hock, Hans Henrich. "Issues in Sanskrit agreement." Issues in Sanskrit agreement. In: Indic across the millennia: From the Rigveda to Modern Indo-Aryan. Ed. Jared S. Klein. Bremen: Hempen Verlag, 2012. 49-58.

Edited Books

  • Hock, Hans Henrich. Vedic studies: Language, culture, and philosophy. New Delhi: D. K. Printworld, 2014.

Journal Articles

  • Hock, Hans Henrich, and Indranil Dutta. "Prosodic incorporation of English utterance final vocatives." The EFL Journal 4.2 (2013): 1-20.
  • Hock, Hans Henrich. "Proto-Indo-European verb finality: Reconstruction, typology, validation." Journal of Historical Linguistics 3.1 (2013): 49-76.
  • Hock, Hans Henrich. "Sanskrit and Panini: Core and periphery." Sanskrita Vimarsha 6 (2012): 85-102.


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