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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:  TBD

Vyākaraṇa – II

Course content:

The course involves the study of sections of the Laghu-siddhānta-kaumudī pertaining to the technical terms, rules of interpretation and the phonetic transition that occur in conjunction with sounds following the sūtras of Aṣṭādhyāyī.

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: Completion of Vyākaraṇa – I

Faculty / Instructor:  Dr.Tilaka Rao

Quarter Offered:  TBD

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:  TBD

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:  TBD

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