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Mon Mar 11 11:54:27 EST 2002
On Monday, 11 March 2002, Lars Martin Fosse wrote:
> Does anybody on the list know about studies of Sanskrit grammar relying on
> transformational grammar, government & binding theory or other new-fangled
> linguistic methods? I would be grateful for bibliographic data!
Below are some such. Many of the old-school generativists (Kiparsky,
Zwicky) had an interest in the "scientific and precise" descriptive
model of Panini's grammar and partially modelled their own theories on
him (rule ordering, etc.), though generative grammar in its G & B
incarnation and subsequently has moved away from that formal
apparatus. Phonologists were particulary intrigued by the "ruki" rule
(see Zwicky, below) and Grassmann's law (Anderson, Mey, below), which
ran counter to some of their theoretical presuppositions. A certain
fascination with Sanskrit continues in formal linguistics, so going
through the indices of recent linguistics handbooks and checking for
Sanskrit among the language examples may well be worth your while.
Stephen R. Anderson, On Grassmannâs law in Sanskrit, Linguistic
inquiry, 1970, 1, 387â396.
Brendan S. Gillon, Word order in classical Sanskrit, Indian
Linguistics: Journal of the Linguistic Society of India, 1996, 57,
Hans Henrich Hock, 1991, Studies in Sanskrit syntax: a volume in honor
of the centennial of Speijerâs Sanskrit syntax (1886â1986), Studies
in Sanskrit syntax: a volume in honor of the centennial of
Speijerâs Sanskrit syntax (1886â1986), Delhi, Motilal Banarsidass
Paul Kiparsky, Some theoretical problems in PÄá¹iniâs grammar,
Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute, 1982, Postâgraduate and
Research Department Seriesâ no.Â 16 / âProfessor K.Â V.Â Abhyankar
Memorial Lecturesâ, second series, Poona.
Jacob L. Mey, Was Bartholomae really a Grassmann?, Norwegian journal
of linguistics, 1972, 26, 81â89.
J. F. Staal, Room at the top in Sanskrit: ancient and modern
descriptions of nominal composition, IndoâIranian Journal, 1965/66,
J. F. Staal, Word order in Sanskrit and universal grammar, D.Â Reidel
Publishing Company, 1967, 5, Foundations of language: supplementary
Arnold M. Zwicky Jr., Topics in Sanskrit phonology, Massachusetts
Institute of Technology, 1965.
Arnold M. Zwicky, Greekâletter variables and the Sanskrit ruki class,
Linguistic inquiry, 1970, 1, 549â555.
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