Word Order Alternation in Sanskrit via Precyclicity in Pregroup Grammars

  • Claudia Casadio
  • Mehrnoosh Sadrzadeh
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8464)


We develop a pregroup grammar for a basic fragment of Sanskrit, similar to the fragment used by Lambek in his treatment of English in a number of papers. We make reference to recent work of the authors involving the characterization of cyclic rules in pregroup grammars to treat word order alternation (e. g. in English, Persian, Italian, and Latin) and analyse this phenomena in Sanskrit. Pregroups are introduced by Lambek; they are partially ordered compact closed categories. The latter have been invoked to analyze quantum protocols in the work of Abramsky and Coecke. Sanskrit was the ancient official language of India and remains one of its main religious and literary languages.


Type Grammar Pregroup Cyclic Rules Movement 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Claudia Casadio
    • 1
  • Mehrnoosh Sadrzadeh
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. of PhilosophyChieti UniversityItaly
  2. 2.Queen Mary University of LondonUK

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