Vyākaraṇa and its many espouses: linguistics, philology, philosophy


Artemij Keidan (Sapienza University of Rome)


The conference can be attended personally at the following venue:

Sapienza University of Rome, “Marco Polo” Building, 3rd floor, meeting room 1.
Circonvallazione Tiburtina 4, 00185 Roma, ITALY (Google maps)

The Covid restrictions apply in this case. Whoever is interested in attending must contact the organizer (artemij.keidan@uniroma1.it) for further information on how to access Sapienza University.

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Please, refer to the general CBC 2021 timetable available here

Panel’s overview

The main assumption of the present panel is that vyākaraṇa and many of the contemporary disciplines dealing with language, such as linguistics strictly speaking, but also philology, textual criticism, philosophy of language, are tightly bound by reciprocal connections, some of which go back even to the very beginning of the western “discovery” of Sanskrit and its traditional grammatical description. A comparative approach to vyākaraṇa and the modern language sciences is revealing in both ways. From the one hand, vyākaraṇa teaches us something on Sanskrit (historically, it taught us almost everything about it), and, more generally, on the theoretical linguistics and philosophy of language. But linguistics itself is useful in analyzing vyākaraṇa. Not only it helps understanding the essence of the traditional Sanskrit grammars, but it also provides some tools for investigating its historical development and transformation, as well as for deciphering the mysteries of its written tradition. The present panel has, therefore, the purpose to challenge the two sides of this bilateral — or rather, of one-to-many type — relationship favoring a compenetrative analysis of both. 

Book of abstracts

The PDF is available for download here


  • Anuja Ajotikar, “Issues in nominal derivation: Pāṇini, Kātantra and Cāndra grammar Case of idam and adas pronouns”
  • Tanuja Ajotikar, “Analysis of counter examples on 1.4.33–38”
  • Anita Borghero, “Compounds at the limit: the case of numerals in the Aṣṭādhyāyī
  • Adam Catt, “Pāṇini’s approach to verbal governing compounds with a first member in –m
  • Valentina Ferrero, “Is Śī to be considered as anekāl or as śit according to Aṣṭhādhyāyī 1.1.55?”
  • Artemij Keidan, “Hiding a verb: ritual vs. courtly interpretation of Aṣṭhādhyāyī 1.4.34″
  • Davide Mocci, “The sāmānādhikaraṇya relation and the upasarjana: insights from Pāṇini and from Generative Grammar”
  • Chiara Pette, “Xuanzang’s transcription of Sanskrit declension and the reconstruction of Middle Chinese phonology”
  • Rishi Rajpopat, “The evolution of rule-conflict resolution tools in the Pāṇinian grammatical tradition”
  • Aleix Ruiz-Falqués, “The Mukhamattasāra, a hidden Pali treasure”
  • Małgorzata Sulich-Cowley, “Do we or do we not have negative compounds in Sanskrit?”
  • Mittal Trivedi, “Creating tradition through interposition: exploring the foundation of the lakāra in the tiṅanta section of the Vaiyākaraṇasiddhāntakaumudī and the Prakriyākaumudī

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