timeodanaos wrote:I know of the ancient grammarians and I ought to think they suffice, but really what I hunger for are treatises in the vein of Plato's Cratylus, I think. Long-winded essays on the nature of language, preferably.
ThomasGR wrote:The differences between Indian grammarians and the Greek ones is, though the Indians tried to describe precisely the language and understand its rules and how it goes developments, the Greeks tried to create simplifications and went so far as to force the use of those simplified rules the way they thought people should do.
annis wrote:Panini wasn't long-winded, though. He'd be a lot easier if he were a little less terse.
There's some very complex thinking about language and knowledge in the Pali canon, but I don't know anything about post-Paninian language theorizing.
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