From the Jacket:
This is the first volume of a study of Panini's work, its antecedents, and the traditions of interpretation and analysis to which it gave rise. This revised second edition includes the text of Panini's Astadhyayi with indications of changes that were introduced to this text and a discussion concerning such changes. Subsequent volumes take up in full detail issues of interpretation, method, and theory associated with the Astadhyayi. This first volume is meant to provide a basis for such detailed discussions. To this end, the author describes briefly the structure of the Astadhyayi with its ancillaries, outlines Panini's derivational system, and considers in general the principles that guided Panini in composing his grammar in the way he did as well as the grounds on which he arrived at the particular basic forms with which he operates in his derivational system.
About the Author:
George Cardona was born in New York City in 1936. He received a doctorate in Linguistics, specializing in comparative Indo-European, from Yale University in 1960. In India, he studied Paninian grammatical works and texts in other sastras with Jagannath S. Pade Shastri, Ambika Prasad Upadhyaya, K.S. Krishnamurti Shastri and Raghunatha Sharma. Since 1960 he has taught at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is Professor of Linguistics. In addition, he has taught at several other universities as a visiting professor. He was a fellow of the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioural Sciences, Palo Alto, in 1971-1972, and was Collitz Professor at the summer institute of the Linguistic Society of America at University of Illinois in 1978. He is a past president of the American Oriental Society (1989-90) and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Excerpts From Reviews:
'Cardona deserves our thanks for the labour involved in producing such a clean text to reproduce. The subject matter, though, is more important than the form and here, while any complete assessment must await the remainder of this major undertaking, it is already clear that Cardona is placing us all in his debt once again by the range and comprehensiveness of his scholarship in Paninian studies, as well as by the clarity of his exposition. - J.L. BROCKINGTON, Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 1990, p.183
'By way of a final remark, it must be said that all co-students in the field would, with one voice and equally heartily, congratulate Professor Cardona over the tremendous spent on the book and over the remarkable success it has attained. Subsequent volumes in the projected series are eagerly awaited.' - S.D. LADDU, Annals of the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute, LXX (1989), p. 353
'Vol. 1 is a superb introduction to Panini, the best ever in English. To aid the foresight of rsis who wish to predict the effects and importance of the volumes yet to come, Cardona has sprinkled numerous cross-references to all seven. Every hour spent with Vol. 1 increases our impatience to see this ambitious work completed.' - W.G. REGIER and R.E. WALLACE, Language 67(1991), p. 166
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