Title: Viá £amapadavyÄkhyÄ (AOS 97) A Commentary ...
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The study of Sanskrit grammar is widely recognized as one of India?s great intellectual traditions. The most famous school of grammar was the one based on P??ini?s A???dhy?y?, a work dating from perhaps the fifth or fourth century BC and consisting of approximately four thousand short rules arranged in eight books. Over two millennia scholars produced a huge literature of commentaries to explain how these rules work. Alternative schools were also developed, either to provide easier access to the classical language or to create authoritative texts for groups with distinct religious or social identities.A considerable amount of scholarship was produced by the P??inian school between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries. Two of the most famous scholars from this period were Bha??oji D?k?ita and N?ge?abha??a. The former composed the hugely influential Siddh?ntakaumud?, a commentary on the A???dhy?y? in which P??ini?s rules were radically reordered. Before composing this work, Bha??oji wrote the ?abdakaustubha commentary on the unaltered text of the A???dhy?y? This was a massive work that was perhaps never completed. In his other grammatical works Bha??oji refers readers to the ?abdakaustubha for further details. N?ge?abha??a was a pupil of Bha??oji?s grandson and is often regarded as the last great figure in the tradition of grammatical scholarship. He wrote several authoritative books on grammar, including three celebrated commentaries on Bha??oji?s works.The existence of the Vi?amapadavy?khy?, a commentary on the important first nine lessons (?hnikas) of the ?abdakaustubha, was made known by cataloguers of Sanskrit manuscripts in the nineteenth century. The work was attributed to N?ge?abha??a, but the question of authorship was never investigated. The present book is the first published edition of the text, and is based on nineteen manuscripts. These preserve widely differing versions that may possibly reflect the author?s own revisions. In the Introduction, the question of authorship is discussed. This cannot yet be answered definitively, but it seems quite possible that N?ge?abha??a could have written the work. Although portions of two other commentaries directed to the first nine lessons of the ?abdakaustubha have recently been published, these portions cover a relatively small amount of the text. The present work is the first to offer a complete commentary. Bookseller Inventory # BENVISAMA
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