Introduction to the {p}ARinian tradition

  • CG20
  • This course offers an overview of the architecture of {p}ARini’s {a}zwADyAyI as well as an introduction to the whole Indian grammatical tradition. The {a}zwADyAyI, a fairly complete generative grammar of Sanskrit composed by the 4th century BCE, is considered one of the greatest works of human intelligence. The main aim of the course is to introduce the structure of the {a}zwADyAyI and richness of the Indian linguistic tradition to those who are not Sanskrit scholars but are curious to know about scientific literature in Sanskrit.
  • Instructor: Tanuja P. Ajotikar
  • Instructor's introductory video
  • Schedule: 28 May – 30 July 2022.
  • Course meeting times: Saturday 9:30–10:30am U.S. Central Time; 8–9pm IST
  • Prerequisite: No.
  • Course fee: $300.
  • Course fee for Indian residents: INR 3000.
  • Register
  • Register (Indian residents)
Lecture Topic
1 Introduction: {v}yAkaraRa as a {v}edANga, {p}ARini's history, history of the Indian grammatical tradition.
2 The structure of the {a}zwADyAyI.
3 The {m}AheSvarasUtras and pratyAhAras.
4 Types of sUtras: saYjYA, pariBAzA, and viDi.
5 Types of sUtras: niyama, atideSa, and aDikAra.
6 Unfolding the meaning of the sUtras.
7 Step-wise derivation of nouns.
8 Step-wise derivation of verbs.
9 Study of the {a}zwADyAyI from the point of view of modern liguistics.
10 Formalization and computational implementation of {p}ARini's {a}zwADyAyI.