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Dimensions of Panini Grammar

The Indian Grammatical System by: Kapil Kapoor



ISBN: 9788124603314
Year Of Publication: 2020
Edition: 3rd impression
Pages : x, 262 p.
Bibliographic Details : Bibliography; Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 23
Weight: 600


Leonard Bloomfield described Panini’s Ashtadhyayi (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 patha 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, Bhartrihari, Bhojraja, Hemacandracarya, Bhattoji Dikshita, Nagesha Bhatta and many others. It also inspired work in literature and philosophy and has left its mark on the entire intellectual tradition. In the modern period, there is a spread of Ashtadhyayi studies round the globe and it has proved to be of great interest 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.


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  1. Introduction: Study of Language in India
  2. Linguistic Thought in India
  3. Shabda — Word in the Indian Tradition
  4. Panini’s Model of Grammar
  5. Goals and Assumptions of Grammar
  6. Panini’s Metalanguage: As a System of Signification
  7. Language as Epistemology: Explanation in the Paninian Grammar
  8. Panini Vyakarana: Questions of Theory and Order
  9. Reconstituting Ashtadhyayi Materials as Data Base
  10. Who are/were the Padavadins? — A Note
  11. Concept of Pratibha in Grammar and Literary Theory
  12. Ashtadhyayi: Computer Applications and Possibilities
  13. Norm and Variation: A Classical Indian Debate
  14. What is the Function of Grammar?: Patanjali, Buddhists and Kumarila Bhatta
  15. Programming: Panini’s Derivational System
  16. The Colour of Sounds: Phonetics in Pratishakhyas and Upanishads
  17. Nature of the Linguistic Sign : Bhartrihari’s Sphotavada
  18. Concept of Padartha in Language and Philosophy



Meet the Author
Kapil Kapoor (1940-) is Professor of English, Centre for Linguistics and English, and Concurrent Professor, Special Centre for 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, Dimensions of Panini Grammar - The Indian Grammatical System, is in press.

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