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Classifications of Words in Ancient Sanskrit Grammars

Abstract : This paper focuses on the classifications of words which were elaborated in the different schools of ancient Sanskrit grammar (Vyākaraṇa). It describes first the Pāṇinian classification of words, the most elaborate, and then presents the word class system in post-Pāṇinian Sanskrit grammars, which are predominantly topically organized. The final aim of the study is to provide an overview of the word class system in the Sanskrit grammatical tradition, similar to the one given by Robins in 1966 for the European grammatical tradition.
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Emilie Aussant. Classifications of Words in Ancient Sanskrit Grammars. Carlos Assunçao, Gonçalo Fernandes, Rolf Kemmler. History of Linguistics 2014: Selected papers from the 13th International Conference on the History of the Language Sciences (ICHoLS XIII), Vila Real, Portugal, 25–29 August 2014, John Benjamins, 2016, ⟨10.1075/sihols.126.08aus⟩. ⟨halshs-01396082⟩

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