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Dimensions of Panini Grammar: The Indian Grammatical System

Kapil Kapoor (Author)

Contents: Preface. 1. Introduction: Study of language in India. 2. Linguistic thought in India. 3. Sabda--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 Astadhyayi materials as data base. 10. Who are/were the Padavadins?--a note. 11. Concept of Pratibha in grammar and literary theory. 12. Astadhyayi: 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 Pratisakhyas and Upanisads. 17. Nature of the linguistic sign: Bhartrhari's Sphotavada. 18. Concept of Padartha in language and philosophy. Bibliography. Index. 


"Leonard Bloomfield described Panini's Astadhyayi (7th century B.C.) 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, Bhartrhari, Bhojraja, Hemacandracarya, Bhattoji Diksita, Nagesa 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 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." 

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Kapil Kapoor

Kapil Kapoor (b. 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) and Text and Interpretation in the Indian Tradition (2005)are among his publications.

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Title Dimensions of Panini Grammar: The Indian Grammatical System
Author Kapil Kapoor
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2010
Edition 3rd ed.
Publisher D K Printworld
Language: English
isbn 8124603316, 9788124603314
length x+262p., Tables; Figures; Bibliography; Index; 23cm.