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Research Trends in Lexicography, Sanskrit and Linguistics (Proceedings of the Professor S. M. Katre Birth Centenary Seminar)

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Item Code: NAM137
Author: K.S. Nagaraja, Sonal Kulkarni-Joshi, P.M. Pingle and V. P. Bhatta
Publisher: Deccan College Postgraduate and Research Institute
Language: English
Edition: 2007
Pages: 238
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 11.0 inch x 8.5 inch
Weight 590 gm
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It is not an uncommon experience that in higher education circles in India Professor S. M. Katre and the Deccan College, as it took reincarnation as a Postgraduate and Research Institute in 1939, considered as more or less synonymous. In any case, Prof. Katre surly belongs to the category of “first among eduals”. The selfless and dedicated services spread over three decades rendered by Professors S.M. Katre, H.D. Sankalia and Irawati Karve, in addition to their personal academic academic achievements and their advaitic bent of mind which cut across boundaries of region, religion and language, transformed the Deccan College into a world renowned centre for heritage studies in a short span of a quarter century.

Using the Deccan College as his spring-board for action, Prof. Katre not only laid firm foundations for linguistic studies in the country in the country but made all-round efforts to develop at the Deccan College various infrastructural facilities required for a research centre. It was during his tenure as the Director from 1942 to 19871 that the Institute saw the construction of new buildings for academic and academic and residential purposes and also enlargement of academic programmes. Another lasting contribution of Prof. Katre is the planning of a monumental lexicographical project entitled “An Encylopaedic Dictionary of Sanskrit on Historical Principles”.

It was therefore in the fitness of things that in the academic year 2005-2006 the Deccan College celebrated the Birth Centenary of Prof. Katre in a befitting way. As part of these celebrations we organized a national level seminar for reviewing recent trends in Sanskrit, Lexicography and Linguistics--branches of language study which were dear to Prof. Katre and in which he himself made seminal contributions. This was a two-day seminar (19-20 January 2006) in which leading scholars from different parts of the country as well as the Deccan College faculty and editorial staff participated. The proceedings of this seminar are now being placed before readers as a separate volume. I thank my colleagues Drs. K.S. Nagaraja, V.P. Bhatta, Sonal Kulkarni-Joshi and Pratibha Pingle, for readily agreeing to take up the editing of papers presented at the seminar and overseeing the printing of the volume.

I would like to take this opportunity to express my sense of gratitude to the following institutions for extending financial support to organize this seminar: Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, New Delhi; University Grants Commission, New Delhi; Central Institute of Indian Language, Mysore and its branch Western Regional Language Centre located on the Deccan College campus; and Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, New Delhi. I would also like to thank the academic and non- teaching staff of the Deccan College for their assistance in organizing this seminar.

It is true that Professor katre is no more with us, but this is so only in a physical sense. His amiable personality and smiling face, his example of total dedication to the cause of the Institute, and his range and depth of scholarship will continue to faculty and students alike at the Deccan College.


Editorial Note
Prof. S.M. Katre-A Profile
List of Contributors and Participants
Section I
Inaugural Session
Keynote Address; S.M. Katre's Role in Shaping the Deccan College21
Chairperson's Remarks
Section II
Lexicography and Sanskrit
Sanskrit Vocabulary of South East Asia35
The Science of Lexicography in Ancient India39
Dictionary: Reading between Lines45
Synonyms, Homonyms and Taxonyms, with reference to Sanskrit and History of Agriculture49
General and Basic Dictionaries: Observations and Suggestions57
Significance of Historical Dictionary61
Collection of Data for An Encyclopaedic Dictionary of Sanskrit on Historical Principles67
S.M. Katre's Contribution to the Studies of Sanskrit Grammarians71
A Note on Sadasiva Brahmendra Saraswati (Yogin)77
Collection of Sanskrit manusripts: Some Early Efforts81
Prof. S.M. Katre-A Teacher par excellence87
Cotribution of Dr. S.M. Katre to the field of Indian Lexicography93
Section III
The Beginnings of inguistics in India and the Contribution of S.M. Katre99
Role of Summer/Winter/Autumn Schools of Linguistics in Popularizing the Subject117
Developments in Indian Linguistics 1965-2005: Phonology121
Form Diversity to Unity (A Journey from Bloomfield to Chomsky)133
Advances in Substantivist Grammatical Research151
Tribal Linguistics in India with Focus on Central and Southern regions183
Dravidian Linguistics since the 1960's201
Direction in Translation Studies223
Kabui Numerals235

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