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Recent Researches in Sanskrit Computational Linguistics

Recent Researches in Sanskrit Computational Linguistics
$35.00
Item Code: NAW075
Author: Malhar Kulkarni and Chaitali Dangarikar
Publisher: D. K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Language: English
Edition: 2013
ISBN: 9788124606988
Pages: 321 (18 B/W Illustrations)
Cover: HARDCOVER
Other Details: 10.00 X 6.50 inch
weight of the book: 0.79 kg
About the Book

This volume is the proceedings of the 5th International Sanskrit Computational Linguistics Symposium (ISCLS), held at IIT Bombay during 4-6 January 2013. These proceedings include fourteen selected and three invited papers. The selected papers deal with topics such as computational modelling of Panini’s grammar — Astadhyayi — together with its supplement- ary texts, computational tools for Sanskrit language and their applications in the traditional Sanskrit concerns. Accordingly, this book delves upon how clues from Astadhyayi help in identifying compound types; how Astadhyayi's digital edition can be structured and implemented; the completeness analysis of a Sanskrit reader; graph-based analysis of parallel passages; some relation-specific issues in parsing Sanskrit texts, text normalizer for Sanskrit; extended Nyaya-Vaisesika ontology; and a search engine for Sanskrit, among others. The invited papers focus on lexicography, with special reference to Encyclopaedic Dictionary of Sanskrit on Historical Principles; some aspects of semantics in early India in understanding the meaning of words; and the computational database of Panini’s grammar.

This collection, thus, is an important initiative in the filed of Sanskrit computational linguistics as it records insightful current trends in the field, making it a "must buy" for students, researchers, and all those interested in sanskrit grammar.

About the Author

Malbar Kulkarni is Associate Professor at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Bombay. He is a specialist in Paninian grammar and has worked on Sanskrit Wordnet.

Chaitali Dangarikar received her PhD from the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Bombay. She has worked on the Jatisamuddesa of Bhartrhari’s Vakyapadiya.

Foreword

Ir gives us great pleasure to place before the scholarly world this volume containing selected and invited papers for the 5% International Sanskrit Computational Linguistics Symposium held at IIT Bombay (IITB) during 4-6 January 2013. This Symposium took place after two years since the 4" Symposium was held in December 2010 at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi.

In a meeting of Steering Committee held during the 4 Symposium at JNU, New Delhi, we proposed to host the 5 Symposium and presented a tentative schedule of programme that we would carry out towards organizing the Symposium. Accordingly, we first created a Symposium site as early as May 2011 and started displaying information regarding the Symposium there. We also immediately announced for submissions for the Symposium ensuring that scholars who wish to submit their contribution get enough time (one year) to prepare and submit.

We adopted Easy Chair as a medium to handle the submissions and their reviews (by the reviewers) and based on the criteria mentioned in the Easy Chair (with the help of members of the Programme Committee and Steering Committee) selected fourteen papers out of total 20 submissions. Below we present a topic-wise summary of all these papers and the way they have been thematically arranged. Before that we would like to mention a few words about the invited speakers and their topics. It was decided in the virtual Steering Committee meetings that no previously invited speakers should be invited again. We followed suit and still were fortunate enough to find three most distinguished scholars who have worked in different fields whom we decided to invite to deliver special lectures at the Symposium.

We invited V.P. Bhatta, Director, Deccan College Post- Graduate and Research Institute, Pune and Former General Editor of the Encyclopaedic Dictionary of Sanskrit on Historical Principles (EDSHP) and requested him to deliver a lecture on the methodology of EDSHP and the process of digitization of the resources of EDSHP which he readily obliged to. Such a lecture at this Symposium here at IITB is the most appropriate, as we, at IITB are involved in building a Sanskrit Wordnet (an online multipurpose Thesaurus of Sanskrit) and would like to learn many things from EDSHP. Eivind Kahrs, through his publications and lectures, has displayed a wide range of authority on Semantic aspect of Indian grammatical theory which is another important theme of this Symposium. Peter Scharf through this work on developing computational tools of Sanskrit as well as Paninian grammar has served the cause of Sanskrit Computational Linguistics in a unique way and therefore he was invited to deliver a talk on the computational database of Panini’s grammar. We would like to express our gratitude to all these three distinguished scholars for accepting our invitation.

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