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Linguistic Traditions of Kashmir

Essays in Memory of Pandit Dinanath Yaksha by: Mrinal Kaul , Ashok Aklujkar

The book, consisting of original research papers, could connect the results of the work done in the past with the work to be done in the future towards a fuller and sharper understanding of Kashmir’s analytical engagement with language.



ISBN: 9788124604403
Year Of Publication: 2008
Edition: 1st
Pages : xxxiii, 603
Bibliographic Details : Appendices; Indices
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 23
Weight: 1050


The present volume mainly consists of original research papers. It is not a collection or anthology in which specialists of the different aspects of Kashmirian use or study of language were invited to write essays surveying the aspects best known to them or to produce state-of-the-art reports about the scholarly study of the aspects. An effort, however, has been made in the Introduction to provide the general background that a reader may need in order to situate the papers in the proper intellectual and historical context. The Introduction further outlines the themes that could and should be particularly explored to lead us to a fuller and sharper understanding of Kashmir’s analytical engagement with language. The appendices toward the end of the volume then complement the Introduction by presenting objective and practical information about the manuscripts etc. of works in Sanskrit. The volume could connect the results of the work done in the past with the work to be done in the future by adding to knowledge in the present because of the articles it attracted from veteran as well as upcoming researchers. The reader will find here discussions bearing upon texts, as well as discussions bearing upon the authors of texts; discussions devoted to elucidating single passages, as well as discussions exploring instances of intertextuality; and discussions exclusively addressing individual grammars, as well as discussions engaging in the relation of one grammatical school with another.


— Kapila Vatsyayan
— Ashok Aklujkar
— Mrinal Kaul
Key to Transliteration
Life Sketch of Pandit Dinanatha Yaksha
— Mrinal Kaul
— Mrinal Kaul
1. Mukulabhatta and Vyanjana
— M.M. Agrawal
2. Patanjali’s Mahabhashya as a Key to Happy Kashmir
— Ashok Aklujkar
3. Gonardiya, Gonika-putra, Patanjali and Gonandiya
— Ashok Aklujkar
4. Patanjali: a Kashmirian
— Ashok Aklujkar
5. The Three Grammatical Persons and Trika
— Bettina Baumer
6. The Treatment of the Present Tense in the Kashmirashabdamrita of Ishvara Kaul: A Paninian Grammar of Kashmiri
— Estella Del Bon & Vincenzo Vergiani
7. A Note on Kashmir and Orthodox Paninian Grammar
— Johannes Bronkhorst
8. Udbhata, a Grammarian and a Carvaka
— Johannes Bronkhorst
9. Theoretical Precedents of the Katantra
–George Cardona
10. Kshirakhyata Catushpadi: Notes on Kshirasvamin’s Comments on the Four Basic
Grammatical Categories
— M.G. Dhadphale
11. Three Kashmirian Texts on Sanskrit Syntax: Kudaka’s Samanvayadish, Devasharman’s
Samanvayapradipa and Samanvayapradipasanketa
— Oliver Hahn
12. Jayanta’s Interpretation of Panini 1.4.42
–V.N. Jha
13. On Nageshabhatta’s Misunderstanding of Kaiyata, the Kashmirian Commentator
on Patanjali’s Mahabhashya
— S.D. Joshi
14. The Sharada Manuscripts of the Kashikavritti, Part II
–Malhar Kulkarni
15. Uvata, the Kashmirian Pratishakhya Commentator
— Nirmala Kulkarni
16. The Mythico-ritual Syntax of Omnipotence: on Utpaladeva and Abhinavagupta’s Use of
Kriya-karaka Theory to Explain Shiva’s Action
— David Peter Lawrence
17. Some Peculiar Vocables in the Paippalada-samhita
— Hukam Chand Patyal
18. The First Among the Learned: Kashmiri Poeticians on Grammarians
— C. Rajendran
19. From an Adversary to the Main Ally: the Place of Bhartrihari in the Kashmirian Shaiva Advaita
–Raffaele Torella
20. Helaraja’s Defence of the Padavadhika Method of Grammatical Explanation
–Vincenzo Vergiani
21. The Impact of Candra Vyakarana on the Kashika
— P. Visalakshy
Appendices : Select Manuscript Lists and Select Authors-and-Works Lists
I. University of Kashmir Collection
II. Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute Collection
III. Sri Ranbir Sanskrit Research Institute Collection
IV. National Museum Collection
V. Kashmirian Authors Showing Significant Engagement with Language in Approximate
Chronological Order
The Contributors
General Index

Meet the Author
Mrinal Kaul earned his M.A. degree in Sanskrit from St Stephen’s College, University of Delhi and M. St. degree in Oriental Studies (Classical Indology) from the University of Oxford. He also studied Indian Logic and Manuscriptology in the University of Pune. He maintains his interest in Indian Philosophical literatures and Kashmirian Shaiva schools.
Books of Mrinal Kaul
Ashok Aklujkar received his M.A. degree in Sanskrit and Pali from the University of Poona and his PhD degree in Sanskrit and Indian Studies from Harvard University. He taught courses in Sanskrit language and in the related mythological and philosophical literatures (occasionally also in Indian belles lettres in general) at the University of British Columbia from 1969 to 2006. His published research is mostly in the areas of Sanskrit linguistic tradition and poetics. Advanced students have worked under his guidance in the areas of Buddhist and Brahmanical philosophy, religion and mythology.
Books of Ashok Aklujkar