Dimensions of Panini Grammar: The Indian Grammatical System

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  • Book Name Dimensions of Panini Grammar: The Indian Grammatical System
  • Author Kapil Kapoor
  • Language, Pages Engish, 272 Pgs. (HB)
  • Last Updated 2024 / 02 / 14
  • ISBN 9788124603314

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Leonard Bloomfield described Panini's Astadhyayi (7th century BC) as 'one of the greatest monuments of human intelligence.' It is a complete, explicit and comprehensive grammar of both spoken and textual (compositional) Sanskrit. Most of the reputed and renowned Indian and foreign universities running courses on Indian knowledge systems, study it for its principles of analysis, organization and description. What is of great interest is the theoretical framework that informs this grammar, a framework that has remarkable power to describe human languages, particularly the Indian languages.

Panini is the watershed in the linguistic history of India. Before Panini, there was extensive work in phonetics, in morphology and lexicon (in the path tradition) and in nirvacana (etymology). There is evidence also of the existence of several schools of grammar. In what is characteristic of the Indian intellectual traditions, Panini distilled the available grammatical knowledge and put it in 32000 syllables - as if, it has been said, an ocean has been accommodated in a cow's hoof-mark. After Panini, a whole tradition developed and produced rich works by Patanjali, Candrakirti, Jainendra, Bhartrhar, Bhojraja, Hemacandracarya, Bhattoji Diksita, Nagesa Bhatta and many others. It also inspired work in literature and philosophy and has left its mark onthe entire intellectual tradition. In the modern period, there is a spread of Astadhyayi studies round the globe and it has proved to be of great value for the study of knowledge representation in the departments of system sciences.

A Comprehensive study of the different dimensions of this wonderful grammar enlarges and alters the conceptual horizons of young minds and of all those who care to be associated with the Indian grammatical systems. This book is a record of that adventure.

About the Author:

Kapil Kapoor (1940-) is Professor of English, Centre for Linguistics and English, and Concurrent Professor, Special Centre fro Sanskrit Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He was Dean of the School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies, JNU, from 1997-1999 and Rector of the University from 1999-2002. His teaching and research interests include literary and linguistic theories - both Indian and Western, philosophy of language, nineteenth century British life, literature and thought, and Indian intellectual traditions. He has been lecturing on these themes and has written extensively on them. He has been teaching for almost forty-five years now. Literary Theory - Indian Conceptual Framework (1998); Canonical Texts of Literary Criticism (1995); Language, Literature and Linguistics - The Indian Perspective (1994); and South Asian Love Poetry (1994) are among his publications. His book, Text and Interpretation in the Indian Tradition, is in press.



  Transliteration Chart vi
  Preface vii
1. Introduction: Study of Language in India 1
2. Linguistic Thought in India 7
3. Sabda - Word in the Indian Tradition 27
4. Panini's Model of Grammar 36
5. Goals and Assumptions of Grammar 56
6. Panini's Metalanguage: As a System of Signification 69
7. Language as Epistemology: Explanation in the Paninian Grammar 93
8. Panini Vyakarana: Questions of Theory and Order 103
9. Reconstituting Astadhyayi Materials as Data Base 121
10. Who are/were the Padavadins? - A Note 128
11. Concept of Pratibha in Grammar and Literary Theory 132
12. Astadhyayi: Computer Applications and Possibilities 144
13. Norms and Variation: A Classical Indian Debate 151
14. What is the Function of Grammar?: Patanjali, Buddhists and Kumarila Bhatta 163
15. Programming: Panini's Derivational System 170
16. The Colour of Sounds: Phonetics in Pratisakhyas and Upanisads 178
17. Nature of the Linguistic Sign : Bhartrhari's Sphotavada 185
18. Concept of Padartha in Language and Philosophy 194
  Bibliography 234
  Index 251

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