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Historical Survey of Ancient Indian Grammars: Sanskrit, Pali and Prakrit

Price : $15.75
ISBN # : 9788185616407
Author : Sures Chandra Banerji
pages: 220
Edition : Hardcover
Volumes : 1
Publisher : Sharada Publishing
Published : 2012

In Western tradition, 'Grammar' (from Greek grammatike) stands for that branch of knowledge which deal with the inflectional forms, rules for their application, syntax, and some times, the phonetic system of the language, and its representation in writing. In India the term 'vyakarana' connotes much more than the term 'grammar' does. In Sanskrit the Science of language is called 'vyakarana' which includes phonetics, etymilogy, accentuation, syntax, word formation by declension and conjugation, and semantics. Grammatical thought in India is coeval with the Vedas. The preservation and understanding of the vedic texts were regarded as a religious duty. The attempts to analyses the word for their better understanding are as old as the Taittiriya-Samhita. We know from the Brahmanas and the Upanishads that Vyakarana was regarded as a vedanga, i.e. an auxiliary to the vedic studies sicne very old times.

Author Bio: The author has been a zealous researcher on various aspects of indology for half a century. he served Government of West Bengal as a senior Professor of Sanskrit. His research on bengal sociology earned him a Rabindra Memorial Prize, the highest academic award by the West Bengal Government. To his credit there are more than forty books including a Companion to Sanskrit Literature, a Brief Hisotry of Tantra Literature, Indian Society in the Mahabharata, Principles of Hindu Jurisprudence, Global Radiation of Culture; India and thw World (in press)etc.

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