Greetings in dhamma!
I would like to present one question as to the following issue I have currently with the grasp of the Pāli language and would appreciate any clarification or general thoughts on the matter. Buddhadatta in his “The New Pali Course” gives this classification of nouns:
- Nāmanāma (substantives and proper nouns)
- Sabbanāma (pronouns)
- Samāsanāma (compound nouns)
- Taddhitanāma (derivatives from nouns or substantives)
- Kitakanāma (verbal derivatives)
Nāmanāma: This classification includes concrete, common, proper, and abstract nouns other than that of primary and secondary derivatives (p. 48). Yet Perniola (p. 135) says: “Traditional grammar has divided all the words into primary derivatives, or kitaka, and secondary derivatives, or taddhita”. Surely verbs had to be excluded since their endings are neither kitaka not taddhita and oftentimes formed directly form the root. I wonder though: Are there substantives which are likewise neither kitaka not taddhita, as Buddhadatta has implicitly stated? What would be examples for this class in either case, what kind of abstract nouns could be meant etc.? Thank you!