About the Book:
The Ramayana is always a fascinating study. This Adi Kavya coming from the pen of one of India's greatest poets has exercised a very powerful influence on the life and thought of millions of people of India over the ages. A voluminous work like the Ramayana can certainly be expected to be a good repertory of all kinds of information, historical, social, religious and cultural. So can it be a good index of the language as it obtained in contemporary society.
The present study is the first attempt of its kind analysing and critically evaluating the language of the Ramayana in all its varied aspects and, therefore, fulfils a long-felt desideratum. The twenty-four thousand verses of this great epic of India have been given here the most searching treatment and fresh ground broken in more ways than one. The study of the Ramayana synonyms, phonetic tendencies, onomatopoeia, prepositional verbs, usage, etymologies and un-Paninian forms, to mention only a few of the many topics dealt with exhaustively here, is bound to interest students of Sanskrit language in general and Linguistics in particular. The treatment of the subject is scientific throughout. The work is well-documented.
Foreword by Dr. Suniti Kumar Chatterji
Introduction by Dr. Siddheshwar Varma
Some Preliminary Observation
Rare Words or Words with Unfamiliar Meaning
Some Phonetic Tendencies
The Onomatopoeic or Descriptive Words
The Un-Paninian Forms and Other Anomalies
Omission of Case-affix
A Supplement : Synonyms
Children’s Books (1707)
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