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High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Pini was an Ancient
Indian Sanskrit grammarian from Pushkalavati, Gandhara (fl. 4th
century BCE).He is known for his Sanskrit grammar, particularly for
his formulation of the 3,959 rules of Sanskrit morphology in the
grammar known as Ashtadhyayi, the foundational text of the
grammatical branch of the Vedanga, the auxiliary scholarly
disciplines of Vedic religion.The Ashtadhyayi is one of the
earliest known grammars of Sanskrit, although he refers to previous
texts like the Unadisutra, Dhatupatha, and Ganapatha. It is the
earliest known work on descriptive linguistics, generative
linguistics, and together with the work of his immediate
predecessors (Nirukta, Nighantu, Pratishakyas) stands at the
beginning of the history of linguistics itself.Pini's comprehensive
and scientific theory of grammar is conventionally taken to mark
the end of the period of Vedic Sanskrit, by definition introducing
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