World Sanskrit Conference (WSC) (17th : 2018)

On the question of circularity in A 1.3.3 hal antyam Bonino, Beatrice


The focus of the present paper is the itaretarāśrayadoṣa, the fault of mutual dependence, which, according to the grammatical tradition, starting with the Kāśikāvṛtti, affects Pāṇini’s rule A 1.3.3 hal antyam. However, this term is remarkably omitted in Kātyāyana’s Vārttikas and in Patañjali’s Mahābhāṣya, neither of the authors of which seem to recognize such an error in the present rule. I will attempt to explain this absence in order to provide a deeper understanding of the solutions offered by the two commentators to the identified defect of this rule.

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