About the Book:
This book is a study on the origin and development of the Magadhi Language which
has long been a desideratum. Magadhi has been discussed historically in this
book. The present text is divided into ten chapters excluding the introduction.
In the Introduction an endeavour has been made to focus on the problem of the
research. In phonology, divided into four chapters, some phonological problems
of Magadhi and their evolutions have been discussed historically. In morphology,
a systematic analysis of some problems of the parts of speech has been done
historically. Chapter ten is on the conclusion of the study. In the appendix,
it has been analysed, perhaps, for the first time, the grammatical texts of
Magadhi as given by Raghavabhatta in his commentary on the sixth act of the
Abhijnana – Sakuntalam. This text is very interesting from the point of
view of Prakrit studies. Raghavabhatta has quoted some sutras which are also
interesting in a sense that he has consulted or quoted some Prakrit texts which
are not available today.
About the Author:
Dr. Jagat Ram Bhattacharyya, MA. M.Phill. Ph.D (University of Calcutta), is
Professor at Department Sanskrit, Pali & Prakrit, Bhasa-Bhavana, Visva-Bharati
University, Santiniketan, West Bengal, India.