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Titre du document / Document title

Word order in Classical Sanskrit = L'ordre des mots en sanskrit classique

Auteur(s) / Author(s)

GILLON B. S. (1) ;

Affiliation(s) du ou des auteurs / Author(s) Affiliation(s)

(1) McGill University, CANADA

Résumé / Abstract

Classical Sanskrit is often said to be a word order free language. But this is false: it is not the case that any pair of words in any prose sentence of Classical Sanskrit can be transposed, while the sense of the sentence remains invariant. Nor is the failure of invariance merely a matter of style, as is often alleged. To be sure, style plays a role in determining choices of orderings of words in a sentence, but syntactic constraints decide on the possibilities. This paper, elaborating on ideas first set forth by J.F. Staal (1967), sets out a hypothesis of what the syntactic constraints on word order in Classical Sanskrit prose are, and shows out the hypothesis stands up to two corpuses: one, a random sample of three hundred Classical Sanskrit prose sentences; the other, the first six hundred prose sentences a single Classical Sanskrit text.

Revue / Journal Title

Indian linguistics    ISSN  0378-0759 

Source / Source

1996, vol. 57, no1-4, pp. 1-35 (17 ref.)

Langue / Language

Anglais

Editeur / Publisher

Linguistic Society of India, Poona, INDE  (1931) (Revue)

Mots-clés anglais / English Keywords

Syntax

;

Word order

;

Motion/Movement/Movement ;Motion/Movement;Motion

;

Mots-clés français / French Keywords

Sanskrit

;

Syntaxe

;

Ordre des mots

;

Variation syntaxique

;

Contraintes

;

Structure syntaxique

;

Mouvement

;

Extraposition

;

Indo-aryennes (L.)

;

Sanskrit classique

;

Localisation / Location

INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 24628, 35400006107065.0010

Nº notice refdoc (ud4) : 2875140



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