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Idioms in Kasika: An Old Book

 
Radhamadhab Dash (Author)
Synopsis

Idioms in Kasika is a scientific study of Sanskrit expressions called Idioms which are supplied in the Kasika Vrtti illustrating the working of the sutras of Panini. These idioms bear excellence in structure and meaning producing aesthetic effects in phonology, morphology, syntax and semantic motivations and also in sociocultural spheres.

The study covers a vast area in (our main chapters with an 'Introduction' and 'A Brief Analysis' . of the Findings'. The Introduction considers the Kasikan illustrations not only in their historical perspectives, but also sets forth the nature, scope and value of such a study as well as the tools used and method adopted in the study. Chap. I titled as 'Principle is devoted" to the identification of the pure Kasikan illustrations after sorting out from them those of Panini, Katyayana, Patanjali and non-Paninian systems of Katantra, Candra, and Jainendra. Then the idiomatic aIustrations of Kasika are put to different classifications. Chap. A presents a 'Tabular Analysis' of the idiomatic illustrations containing exhaustive information’s thereon from historical, structural and semantic points of view. The table thus prepared can prove to be a referential tool for grammatical research. Chap. AI discusses certain 'theoretical stand points' related to these idioms including the phenomenon of idiom-formation. The approaches to the study of Sociolinguistics, Psycholinguistics and Stylistics are adopted to the study of idioms. Chap. IV is devoted to 'Sociocultural' study of Kasikan idioms and this forms one of the main contributions of the author to the study of Sanskrit language. The use of language in the context of varied life-situations and their bearing in Indian culture and its glory are very ably brought forth. The findings are analysed from Interpretational, Graphical, Theoretical and Application points of view. It has been rightly proved from this work that the study of languages as a behavioural characteristics of human beings has been a fundamental point of Panini's observation.

The study envisaged in this book is highly commendable for its scientific approach and neat execution.

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About the author

Radhamadhab Dash

Dr. Radhamadhab Dash, b. 1957 Dist. Balasore, Orissa; father: Shri Ramanarayan Dash, Mother: Smt. Savitri Devi; Education: College education (1973-79) from Fakirmohan College, Balasore, Post Graduation (1977-79), M.Phil. (1984) and Ph.D. (1991) from Utakal University; LLB (1995) from University Law College, Bhuaneswar; Specialisation: Classical Literature along with the certificate degrees in Russian (1980, German (1991) and spoken Japanese (1994), Advanced Course in Pali, Prakrta & Apabhramsa languages and Literature (1993). Research & Publications: Personal research in the branch of Sanskrit Grammar, about 50 research papers published in national Journals besides the following books: Bharatiya Sahityara Srsti O Vikasa: Pali O Apabhramsa (in Oriya), Bhubaneswar, 1988, Idioms in Kasika, Delhi, 1996, Idioms of Panni Bhubaneswar, 2002, Tattvadhara (in Sanskrit), Bhubaneswar, 2003, Aspects of Sanskrit Language Literature and Culture and edited 5 volumes research paper. Guided: 30 M.Phil students and 6 Ph.D. students awarded Ph.D. degree under his guidance. Availed: UGC Research Award for Post-Doctoral Study, Feb. 2002-Jan. 2005, and selected by ICCR for Visiting Professorship in Sorbonne Nouvelle University, Paris in 2004 on deputation.

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Bibliographic information

Title Idioms in Kasika: An Old Book
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.1996
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher Pratibha Prakashan
Language: English
isbn 8185268568
length 580p., 9.50 X 7.50 Inch.