Journal | Bhasha
Journal issue | 3 | 1 | 2024
Research Article | The Sanskrit Paradigm of Tamil Grammar: Embrace and Resistance

The Sanskrit Paradigm of Tamil Grammar: Embrace and Resistance

Abstract
This paper is about the historical relationship between the grammars of Sanskrit and Tamil and the debates around that relationship. The debates are between the grammarians and commentators on grammars, not of Sanskrit but of Tamil. It is thus limited to one linguistic community. This is a result of the asymmetrical bilingualism of the Tamil-speaking grammarians and the Sanskrit-speaking grammarians. Their many other relationships, religious, literary, etc. are also asymmetrical in the sub-continental perspective. The regional perspective of Tamil about the relationship of Tamil to Sanskrit is different but is not constant and varies according to the period and its language ideology.


Open access | Peer reviewed

Submitted: March 30, 2023 | Accepted: Sept. 23, 2023 | Published March 27, 2024 | Language: en

Keywords Universal grammarLanguage autonomySanskrit grammar paradigmCompound formationTamil grammar tradition


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