[INDOLOGY] Transmission of sanskrit grammatical concepts/terminology to Europe

Adriano Aprigliano aprigliano at usp.br
Thu Apr 11 11:12:58 UTC 2019

I'd like to thank Dominik W. nd Jan H. for the referentes they've sent.

Em qui, 11 de abr de 2019 00:53, Jan E.M. Houben <jemhouben at gmail.com>

> Dear Adriano,
> Apart from Frits Staal's *A Reader on the Sanskrit Grammarians*
> (Cambridge, MIT 1972), one could mention among many other publications
> Staal's *Universals: Studies in Indian logic and linguistics* (Chicago
> 1988), and Prof. Rosane Rocher's *La Théorie des voix du verbe dans
> l'école pāṇinéenne* (Bruxelles 1968) and her "The concept of the verbal
> root in Indian grammar" in *Foundations of Language* 5, pp. 73-82.
> In a forthcoming volume ed. by Axel Michaels and Christoph Wulf
> (proceedings of the Delhi 2015 conference on "Scientification and Scientism
> in the Humanities"), I contributed an article "The Art of Grammar"
> discussing the 'scientification' in the reception of the Sanskrit
> grammatical knowledge system in Europe and in modern linguistics, and
> observed, *inter alia*:
> "On the rules, skilfully formulated by several generations of grammarians
> up to Pāṇini, a formalism was superimposed and finally brought to
> perfection by Pāṇini. Behind it, the skilful and even artful choices of
> description all but disappeared except to the discerning eye of a few
> critical thinkers, including the earliest great grammarian-philosopher in
> the Pāṇinian tradition, Bhartṛhari (fifth century CE), who at a few
> occasions emphasised the ‘arbitrariness’ of the descriptive choices. The
> formalism is, moreover, not everywhere equally strict and becomes even
> occasionally sketchy where the archaic language of the Vedic texts is
> concerned (Thieme 1935). In contrast, in the Greek and Hellenic worlds the
> grammar of Dionysius Thrax (second century BC), which was indeed much less
> profound in its linguistic analysis – no concept of the verbal root, for
> instance, had ever been applied to the ancient Greek language until this
> was done by Franz Bopp and other linguists of the 19th century inspired by
> the dhātu of Sanskrit grammarians – and which lacked the formal
> sophistication of Pāṇini, did not hide its nature as an art, and was known
> under the title of Art of Grammar, the τέχνη γραμματική (Kemp 1986; Law &
> Sluiter 1995)."
> Best regards, Jan
> --
> *Jan E.M. Houben*
> Directeur d'Études, Professor of South Asian History and Philology
> *Sources et histoire de la tradition sanskrite*
> École Pratique des Hautes Études (EPHE, PSL - Université Paris)
> *Sciences historiques et philologiques *
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> *https://ephe-sorbonne.academia.edu/JanEMHouben
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> On Thu, 11 Apr 2019 at 01:31, Adriano Aprigliano via INDOLOGY <
> indology at list.indology.info> wrote:
>> Dear colleagues,
>> I'm looking for articles and/or books dealing with the transmission of
>> sanskrit/paninian concepts/terminology to Europe. Terms such as root, afix
>> and the like I have been hearing for long were calques from sanskrit
>> grammar terms (dhaatu, pratyaya...), but never went as far as to dig the
>> exact sources that brought them in. Now a student of morphology here in São
>> Paulo asks for my help to find them.
>> I'd appreciate your help.
>> Thanks
>> Adriano
>> *Prof. Dr. Adriano Aprigliano*
>> Língua e Literatura Latina - DLCV - FFLCH
>> Universidade de São Paulo
>> Gabinete 30, tel.: 3091 2065
>> Av. Prof. Luciano Gualberto, 403 CEP: 05508-900
>> Cidade Universitária, São Paulo - SP / Brasil
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