The present volume is a companion
volume to the earlier book A
Linguistic Analysis of the Rgveda-
Padapatha in the series of Pre-
Paninian Grammatical Tradition. The
"present book is on the Padapatha
'(Pp.) of the Taittiriya Samhita (TS),
although occasional comparison is
made with other (Pps). The method
used is that of a descriptive
analysis. All words of the Pp are
individually studied and an attempt
is made to formulate the rules of the
Pp. The book is divided into two
parts. Part one consists of
introduction, reconstruction of the
knowledge of grammar on the part of
the Padakara and the rules of the
TPp. The second part deals with the
description of the analysis. Each
suffix is individually studied in
comparison to the other Pps.
Description given by different Pps. is
taken into consideration, generally
everywhere it is compared with
Paninian description. The book
reveals that the TPp is closer. to
Panini insofar as the notions of
grammatical categories are concerned.
Nirmala R. Kulkarni is presently in
the Centre of Advanced Study in
Sanskrit , University of Poona.
It is a matter of great pleasure that Indian Books Centre, Delhi is
brining out another volume in the series of Pre-Paninian Grammatical
Tradition. It is an established fact that there is a long grammatical
tradition before Panini. But unfortunately the texts written by different
pre-Paéninian grammarians have not been handed down to us. But
fortunately our Vedic tradition has given us Padapatha texts which could
have been prepared without the knowledge of grammar of Vedic language.
The earliest available Padapatha is the Rgveda Padapatha. I myself had
taken up to study the Padapatha of the Rgveda with a view to reconstruct
the grammar known to Sakalya, the author of the Rgveda Padapatha. The
results of my study have been published by Indian Books Centre, Delhi.
The results | obtained by me were so interesting that I thought of
persuing the study of other Padapathas. In order to get the picture of
development of grammatical thought preceding Panini, I advised Dr.
(Mrs.) Nirmala Kulkarni, the author of the present volume to take up the
study of Taittiriya Padapatha from the same angle. To my satisfaction she
completed the work and the results were much more fascinating. The
picture has become extremely clear. We know, for certain, now what was
the Pre-paninian concept of a Pada-maker and non-Pada-maker. The
study of Dr. Kulkarni has added meaningfully to draw this conclusion.
One can see how much hard labour she has put to derive meaningful
conclusions from the entire corpus of the Tattiriya Samhita. By such
studies the Pre-paninian Linguistic activities are becoming more and
more clear. I wish that Dr. Kulkarni continues such activities in future
too. I am confident that scholars in the field of Vedic grammar, Paninian
grammar and Linguistics will welcome and appreciate the present
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