The world’s first known grammar “book” was conceived by Pānini  in fourth century B.C. India, when only a tiny minority of people could read or write, and when their greatest challenge was bare survival. His grammar contained 3,959 rules of the Sanskrit language, which describe how words are composed, how they combine into sentences, and what they mean. 

This is the 8th article in the XRCE 20th anniversary series.

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