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Vyākaraṇa – I

Course content:

The course provides an overview of the structure, content, and methodology used in Aṣṭādhyāyī for describing a language. It also explores the computational model of the treatise and introduces the knowledge tradition of vyākaraṇa prior to and post Pāṇini. The course also introduces the alternate arrangement of Aṣṭādhyāyī in the treatise named Siddhānta-kaumudī that focuses on the conclusions of Pāṇini’s sūtras with an illustration of the sections related to the technical terms and rules of interpretation of the sutras.

In this course the students will be able to:

  1. Understand the architecture of Aṣṭādhyāyī as a treatise of language structure
  2. Learn how to interpret Ashtadhyayi text independently
  3. Comprehend the computational model of Sanskrit grammar as articulated by Aṣṭādhyāyī
  4. Appreciate the robustness and holistic excellence of the treatise
  5. Recognize the convergences and divergences between the Aṣṭādhyāyī and Siddhānta-kaumudī models and the rationale for such alternate models
  6. Understand the philosophy of language that provided the concept of apoddhāra based on which Pāṇini formulated his Aṣṭādhyāyī

Area of Study:- Sanskrit Studies

Required / Elective: Required

Prerequisites: Admission into the Masters’ Certificate or MA in Sanskrit Program

Faculty / Instructor:  Dr. Tilaka Rao

Quarter Offered: Fall 2022

Vyākaraṇa – II

Course content:

Pāṇini’s Aṣṭādhyāyī is a monumental work in the sūtra format (short aphorisms) that establishes the grammar for classical Sanskrit as a language. At the same time, the text also presents a general model for language description, that goes beyond Sanskrit as a specific language instance. This is the second course in a sequence of four courses on Vyākaraṇa (grammar) based on Pāṇini’s Aṣṭādhyāyī. The Vyākaraṇa tradition provides interpretation and analysis of the sūtras and elucidates the process of generation of various language components through treatises like Siddhānta-kaumudī and Laghu-siddhānta-kaumudī (for beginners) in the lines of Pāṇini’s Aṣṭādhyāyī. Traditionally, the commencement of the study of Vyākaraṇa is done with these texts.

 

In this course the students will be able to:

  1. Understand the architecture of Aṣṭādhyāyī as a treatise of language structure
  2. Independently study Aṣṭādhyāyī with allied texts
  3. Comprehend the computational model of Sanskrit grammar as articulated by Aṣṭādhyāyī
  4. Apply the rules of interpretation of Aṣṭādhyāyī as proposed by Pāṇini
  5. Understand the phonetic transition that occurs in the conjunction of sounds
  6. Appreciate the robustness and holistic excellence of the treatise
  7. Understand the philosophy of language that provided the concept of apoddhāra based on which Pāṇini formulated his Aṣṭādhyāyī

Area of Study:- Sanskrit Studies

Required / Elective: Required

Prerequisites:

1) The medium of Instruction is Sanskrit

2)Only currently enrolled Sanskrit master’s certificate students can register for these courses. (MIT-SVS)

3) Admission into Master Program in Sanskrit through MIT-SVS

4) Completed previous MA Sanskrit Course

5) Completion of Vyākaraṇa – I

 

Faculty / Instructor:  Dr. Tilaka Rao

Quarter Offered:  Winter 2022

Vyākaraṇa – III

Course content:

The course introduces nominal and verbal analysis and generation and elucidates the treatment of semantics in the model of Pāṇini.

In this four-part course of study, students will be able to:

  1. Understand the nominal and verbal analysis and generation in the model of Pāṇini.
  2. Understand the semantic connection among words in a sentence and how sentence meaning is derived.
  3. Use the karaka model in computational word sense disambiguation.
  4. Understand the computational methods used by Pāṇini to accommodate exceptions and deviations in language while framing morphological rules.

Area of Study:- Sanskrit Studies

Required / Elective: Required

Prerequisites: Completion of Vyākaraṇa – II

Faculty / Instructor:  Dr.Tilaka Rao

Quarter Offered: Every Summer Quarter

Vyākaraṇa – IV

Course content:

The course introduces the tradition of the philosophy of Vyākaraṇa while providing comparisons with other schools of Indian thought. It also provides an overview of Vākyapadīya along with a selection of sections pertaining to the central themes of the philosophy of Vyākaraṇa.

In this course, students will be able to:

  1. Understand the philosophy of language that provided the concept of apoddhāra (dissection and abstraction) based on which Pāṇini formulated his Aṣṭādhyāyī.
  2. Understand the engagement with language and grammar as a spiritual process.

Area of Study:- Sanskrit Studies

Required / Elective: Required

Prerequisites: Completion of Vyākaraṇa – III

Faculty / Instructor:  Dr.Tilaka Rao

Quarter Offered:  Spring 2022