Dominik Wujastyk ucgadkw at
Mon May 20 12:10:40 UTC 1996

On Wed, 8 May 1996, Anand Venkt Raman wrote:

Dominik Wujastyk wrote:
> It is certain that Sanskrit grammarians never made a distinction between
> synchronic and diachronic aspects of language change.  It was becasuse
> they all, including Panini, considered Sanskrit to be eternal and
> unchanging.

How do you know what Panini thought?  He doesn't say anything about his
beliefs concerning the general nature of language in his sutras.   And
what one can deduce obliquely from some of his methods and assumptions
is extremely limited.

Dominik Wujastyk               Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine
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