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Palaeolinguistic Profile of Brahmi Script 1st Edition

by  Dilip Rajgor, P.G. Patel
Palaeolinguistic Profile of Brahmi Script 1st Edition,8177020234,9788177020236

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Publisher:Pratibha Prakashan (Delhi)
Published In:2000
ISBN-10:8177020234
ISBN-13:9788177020236
Binding Type:Hardback
Weight:1.54 lbs
Pages:pp. xxx + 90, Figures, 64 Pages of Plates (Some Col.), Tables, Maps, Appendices, Biblio., Acknowledgement

The Title "Palaeolinguistic Profile of Brahmi Script 1st Edition" is written by P.G. Patel. This book was published in the year 2000. The ISBN number 8177020234|9788177020236 is assigned to the Hardback version of this title. The publisher of this title is Pratibha Prakashan (Delhi). Palaeolinguistic Profile of Brahmi Script 1st Edition is currently Not Available with us.You can enquire about this book and we will let you know the availability.

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The monograph Palaeolinguistic Profile of Brahmi Script revolves around the palaeolinguistic analysis of Mauryan and Ksatrapa Brahmi Scripts. The former is the earliest known form of the script dating back to at least 250 BC whereas the latter is a derivative of the former in western India in the first four centuries of the Christian era. The Book deals with the linguistic and topographic organization of Brahmi Script. Furthermore, Dependency Phonology is an important component of this work. This modern linguistic phenomenon is corroborated by the ancient Brahmi Script.

Furthermore, evolution of Brahmi has also been traced into four stages preceded by Harappan script, viz.,

- Harappan Script (c2500-1700BC),
- Proto-Brahmi Script (c1700-600 BC),
- Pre-Mauryan Brahmi Script (c 600-350 BC),
- Mauryan Brahmi Script (c 350-50BC)
- Post-Mauryan Brahmi Scripts (c 150BC-AD 600)

What is new in Rajgor's monograph? The linguistic - topographic evolution of Ksatrapa Brahmi from the earlier Mauryan Brahmi, the relevance of Brahmi aksaras to current phonological theory, and a well-founded hypothesis regarding the development of Brahmi as a script in ancient India are sure to attract the attention of the students of Brahmi. I am sure that Rajgor (2000) will be cited for these and other issues in Indian palaeolinguistics. The monograph will also be looked up for the appendices; and beautiful plates illustrating the development of Brahmi script, inscriptions and coins.

About the Author

Dr. Dilip Rajgor is an archaeologist whose research interests cover a wide spectrum: from prehistoric river Sarasvan to Brahmi script, and early Historic India, palaeolinguistics to numismatics. In all these fields he has published original work.

Dr. Rajgor received his Master's degree in Indian history,culture and archaeology with a Post-Graduate Diploma in linguistics from the M. S. Universe of Baroda (1997). He holds doctorate in Ancient Indian Culture from the University of Bombay (1995).

He has edited two bi-monthly bulletins, viz. Khabamama and ICS Newsletter from 1987-94. Since 1999, he is a member of the Editorial Board of Electronic Journal of Indian Archaeology on the Internet. His published works include Standard Catalogue of Sultanate Coins of India (1991); Studies in the Coinage of the Western Ksatrapas (with Amiteshwar Jha in 1994) and History of the Traikutakas (1998). His forthcoming titles include Numismatic Chronology of Gujarat; Punch-marked Coins of Early Historic India, and History of Gujarat.

He has contributed fifty-two research articles to various journals and books. He has also participated in various international and national seminars and conferences. He was awarded the "Lowick Memorial Grant" of the Royal Numismatic Society, UK in 1991; and the "Indological Research Fellowship" of the Asiatic Society of Bombay in 1994-95. Dr. Rajgor is also a recipient of the "Prof. H.D. Sankalia Young Archaeologist Award" for the year 1997.

At present,, he is working on his multi-disciplinary project, "Rediscovering Palaeo-drainage Network of Sarasvati River in Kachchh (Gujarat)".

Contents

Foreword
Preface
Transliteration Table

I. INTRODUCTION :
1. Types of Writing Systems
2. Brahmi Script
3. Origin of Brahmi
4. Antiquity of Brahmi Script
5. Development
6. Ksatrapa Brahmi
7. Material of Writing
8. Technique of Engraving
9. Direction of Writing
10. Review of Literature
11. Scope

II. LINGUISTIC FEATURES :
1. Introduction
2. Linguistic Features

III. DEPENDENCY PHONOLOGY :
1. Introduction
2. The Theory
3. Conjunction of Vowels in Sanskrit
4. Basic and Derived Aksaras

IV. TOPOGRAPHIC ANALYSIS :
1. Introduction
2. Topography of Mauryan Brahmi
3. Topography of Ksatrapa Brahmi
4. Initial Vowels in Ksatrapa Brahmi
5. Consonants in Ksatrapa Brahmi
6. Medial Vowel-signs, Anusvara and Visarga
7. Formation of Conjuncts
8. System of Writing
9. Physical Length of Aksaras
10. General Observations

V. IN RETROSPECT :
1. Summary
2. Evolution of Brahmi Script :
i. Harappan Script
ii. Proto-Brahmi Script
iii. Pre-Mauryan Brahmi
iv. Mauryan Brahm!
v. Post-Mauryan Brahmi