Imatges de pàgina

COLLECTIVE COMPOUNDS (DWIGU). 155. A numeral is often compounded with a substantive to form a collective noun of the neuter gender; thus, apoi, “the four ages” (for rift gonfa); resi, “the four quarters "; faferi, " three days" (cf. the Latin triduum); facri, “three nights" (19 being substituted for yf=); wraca, “three years" (cf. triennium).

a. Sometimes the final vowel of the substantive is changed to $; as, farmari, “the three worlds."


156. The greater number of compounds in the preceding four divisions are terminated by substantives, the sense of each being in that case absolute and complete in itself. All such compounds may be used relatively, that is, as epithets of other words, the final substantive becoming susceptible of three genders, like an adjective (p. 32. f. p. 34. 4.): and it cannot be too forcibly impressed upon the student that the terms Relative and Bahuvrīhi have reference to the adjective use of those compounds only which have a substantive in the last member. This is not to be regarded, therefore, as a distinct division of the subject of compound words, so much as a distinct view of the same subject, the object of which is to show that all compounds, which are in themselves absolute and complete in sense, and are terminated by substantives, may be used adjectively, and in the relation of an epithet to some other word in the sentence. We have given the name relative to compounds when thus used, not only for the obvious reason of their being relatively and not absolutely employed, but also because they usually involve a relative pronoun, and are sometimes translated into English by the aid of this pronoun, and are, moreover, resolved by native commentators into their equivalent uncompounded words by the aid of the genitive case of the relative (yet). Thus, ETV is a Descriptive compound, meaning, “great wealth": and may be used adjectively in relation to 954: ; as, HENTA: 959:, “a man who has great wealth ": or to wait; as, HENTAI an, “a woman who has great wealth," and would be resolved by com

mentators into यस्य or यस्याः महद् धनं. In English we have similar compounds; as, “high-minded," "left-handed," and the like, where

the substantive terminating the compound is converted into an adjective.

Relative Form of Dependent Compounds. 157. Many Dependent compounds (especially those that are instrumentally dependent) are already in their own nature relative, and cannot be used except in connection with some other word in the sentence. But, on the other hand, many others, and especially those which are genitively dependent, constituting by far the largest number of this class of compounds, are in their nature absolute, and yield a sense complete in itself. These may be made relative by declining the final substantive after the manner of an adjective. The following are instances : T ofa:, -fai, -fa, “moon-shaped ” (p. 34. f.), from the absolute compound antofa:, " the shape of the moon "; 1999:, -, -0,* " whose form is godlike”; auta:, -21, -,* “ splendid as the sun "; f c:, -67, -,* "elephant-footed ”; Hinta, -ofi, -,* “ending at the sea ”; Heuren:, -0, -, “terminated by death "; TA, -AT, -#, or auta:, -M, -0,* "headed by Karņa"; fatygra.FTAT, -HT, -#, “named Vishņusharma" (p. 42. note t.); gustatu:, --, -, "lotus-eyed ” (r. 154. 6.); Arriure:, -24, -, “called Nārāyaṇa "; T ., OT , “ founded on wealth "; varianta (agreeing with A), “money to the amount of a lac”; GEHT, -F, -,“ having a club in the hand "; Taufu:, -fu:, -fu, “having arms in the hand "; yayfala:, -17, -1, “on the subject of flowers," “ relating to flowers." These examples are not distinguishable from absolute dependent compounds, except by declension in three genders.

a. Many of them, however, are not found, except as relatives ; and if used absolutely would yield a different sense ; thus, onde means “the face of Karņa,” but when used relatively to sila:, “the kings headed by Karņa.” So also can signifies “the eye of the spy," but when used relatively to 09, “a king who sees by means of his spies,” the nom, case masc. being then magt..

6. The substantive wife, “a beginning," when it occurs in

* See p. 32. 1. पाद may be substituted for पाद in compounds like हस्तिपाद.

the last member of a compound of this nature, is always used relatively to some word expressed or understood, and yields a sense equivalent to et cetera. It is necessarily found either in the plural or neuter singular; as, gr! 4:, “Indra and the others " (agreeing with the nom. case yra: expressed or understood, “the gods commencing with Indra "); pauciai, “of Agni and the others” (agreeing with garmat understood,“ of those abovenamed things of which Agni was the first "); Terceifa, “the eyes, &c." (agreeing with finifu," the senses commencing with the eyes ”). When used in the neut. sing. it either agrees with garan, “ the aforesaid,” understood, or with a number of things taken collectively, and the adverb iti* may be prefixed; as, calfari, “the word devān, &c.” (agreeing with cara understood, “the aforesaid sentence of which devān is the first word "); Grafart," by liberality, &c.” (agreeing with some class of things understood, “by that class of things of which liberality is the first "). Sometimes wife is used for wife; as, Stallica, “ gifts, &c. ": and sometimes yia; as, gle: pra, “the gods of whom Indra is the first "; or sometimes the substantive fa; as, fagora: rc:.

Relative Form of Aggregative Compounds. 158. Aggregative compounds are sometimes used relatively ; as, Fuusufruita, -47, -api, “ that which is liable to sorrow, sickness, and death "; especially in the case of adjectives or participles; as, quum, -, -, “ black and white "; wargfon:, -#1, -*, “ bathed and anointed "; ucalaug, -57, -, “city and country"; onuen:, -M, -**, “done and done badly "; T TT:, -47, -1, "good and evil ” (r. 153. 6.). Examples are still more common under the head of complex compounds.

Relative Form of Descriptive Compounds. 159. A greater number of compound words may be referred to this head than to any other. Every style of writing abounds

is prefixed; as, parhielfa

ucetata, “lamentations

* Sometimes evam beginning thus.”

with them. The following may serve as examples : weggurati, -fi, -fan, “whose strength is small” (p. 34. f.); HET.ORG., OT, -, “whose strength is great” (r. 154. a. p. 32. p.); HET.NET:, - :, -5:, “whose glory is great" (r. 68. 69.); HEIMT, -MHT, -PR, “high-minded” (p. 41, 42.); Torcafa:, -, -, “of noble demeanour"; pfisnefe:, -fri, -f,“ of wise intellect” (p. 34. f.); faqatelli, - , -, “having a dear wife ";* wa.

H T:, -all, -, “not to be reconciled." a. Although a passive participle is not often prefixed to a noun in an absolute sense, this kind of combination prevails most extensively in the formation of relative compounds; as, unharco: , -OT, RO, " whose time has arrived"; feta face., -97, -, "whose passions are subdued "; m ent:, -T., - :, “whose mind is composed "; Pau., -, -Fİ, “whose hopes are broken "; :, -R, - , “ whose kingdom is taken away"; fannstr, - FTT:, -5:, “whose glory is boundless "; a cita:, -AT, -#, “whose desire is accomplished," i.e. “successful"; w imagineat:, Pell, - “by whom the shāstras have not been read "; fra 69:, -, -#, " whose heart is pierced.”

Relative form of Collective Compounds. 160. The following are examples of Collective or Dwigu compounds used relatively: facuu:, -uf, -, "two-leaved "; fergotera:, -at, -, “tri-ocular"; fare, -gf, -," three-headed” (being substituted for ); e, -i, -, “four-faced "; Tabantur:, - UT, -, “ quadrangular"; TOETU, -, - " hundred-gated ";

grau:, -UT, -Eİ, “possessed of the four sciences "; Heura:, -u, -, “thousand-eyed." Relative form of Substantives compounded with certain Adverbial

Prefixes. 161. This includes a class of compounds possessing no corresponding absolute form, and composed of an adverb prefixed to a substantive. By far the greater number of these are formed with

* Occasionally the feminine of the adjective appears in the compound; as, ughteni,“having a sixth wife.”

+ Unless they be regarded as the relative form of Ayayibhava compounds.

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COMPLEX COMPOUND NOUNS. 162. We have now to speak of those complex compound words, or compounds within compounds, which form the most remarkable feature in Sanscrit poetical composition. Instances might be given of twenty or thirty words thus compounded together, but these are the productions of the vitiated taste of more modern times, and are only curious as showing that the power of compounding words may often be perverted to the formation of a style the most extravagant and ridiculous. But even in the best specimens of Sanscrit composition, and in the simplest prose writings, four, five, or even six words are commonly compounded together, involving two or three forms under one head. It will be easy, however, to determine the character of the forms involved, by the rules propounded in the preceding pages; in proof of which the student has only to study attentively the examples we are about to give.

a. Instances of absolute complex compounds, whose sense is complete and unconnected, are not very abundant. The following may be taken as examples : कालान्तरावृत्तिःशुभाशुभानि, “good and evil (occurring) in the revolutions of the interval of time," the whole being a dependent, involving a dependent and an aggregative ; Farafrecruat, “the general and the overseer of the forces,” the whole being an aggregative, involving two dependents; gaurar174U, “the protection from sorrow, enemies, and perils,” the whole being a dependent, involving an aggregative; wuifus , “the disregarded words of a friend," the whole being a descriptive, involving a dependent.

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