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Indian Theories Of Meaning

Indian Theories Of Meaning


Item Code: IDF857


Hardcover (Edition: 2000)

The Adyar Library and Research Centre
ISBN 8185141363

Language: English
Size: 8.7" X 5.7"
Pages: 366
Weight of the Book: 664 gms
Price: $27.50   Shipping Free
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Indian theories of Meaning doctoral thesis, London University was prepared under the guidance of Prof. John Brough and first published in 1963. When Dr. Raja started his work meaning had been put under taboo in the field of linguistics b Bloomfield. Chomsky has now made syntax and semantics important parts in linguistics. Dr. Raja did not accept Wittgenstein's view about the need to keep quiet on hat cannot bee stated clearly. A philosophy of language which would eliminate whole areas of human culture as meaningless has little significance for humanity.



Preface to the Reprint v
Preface to the Second Edition vii
Preface to the First Edition xi
Abbreviations xvii
1. Introduction: The Meaning of Meaning 1-15
The Problem of Meaning 3
Two Aproaches to the Study of Meaning 6
The Basic Triangle and Indian Views 11
2. Abhidha: The Primary Meaning of a word 17-94
Meaning, conventional or Natural 19
How do We Learn the Meanings of Words 26
Multiple Meaning: Homophones and Homonyms 32
Contextual Factors 48
Four classes of Words: Yaugika, Rudha, Yogarudha and Yaugidarudha 59
Etymology versus Popular Usage 63
The Primary Meaning of a Word: Different Views 69
The Buddhist theory of Apoha 78
Criticisms of the Theory of Apoha 86
3. Sphota: The Theory of Linguistic Symbols 95-148
The Doctrine of Sphota 97
Patanjali's Vie of the Sphota 100
Other Earlier Views 109
Bhartrhari's Discussion about the Nature of the Sphota 116
How the Sphota is Comprehended 124
Arguments against the Sphota Doctrine 132
Classifications of the Sphota 136
Misconceptions about the Sphota 140
Bhartrhari's Philosophy of Language 146
4. Conditions of Knowing the Meaning of a Sentences: 149-187
The Mimamsa Definition of a Sentence 151
Akanksa 157
Yogyata 164
Samnidhi 166
Elliptical Sentences 169
Tatparyajnane 176
5. The Comprehension of the Meaning of a Sentence 189-227
Relationship of Words in a Sentence: Bheda or samsarga 191
Anvitabhidhana Theory of Verbal Comprehension 193
Abhihitanvaya Theory of Verbal Comprehension 203
Tatparya as a Separate Vrtti 213
Bhartrhari'S Theory of Akhan Davakyasphota 224
6. Laksana or Metaphor 229-273
Definition of Metaphor 231
Conditions for a Metaphor 231
The Normal and the Actual Meanings in a Transfer 233
Gauni Vrtti or Qualitative Transfer 242
A Buddhist View 245
Classification of Laksana 256
Incompatibility of the Primary Sense 258
Nirudha- laksana or Faded Metaphor 262
Motive Elements in Laksana 264
Compound Words 267
Bhartrhari's views on Laksana 270
7. Vyanjana or Suggestion 275-315
Vyanjana 277
Theory of Dlwani 283
Criticisms against the Dhvani theory 289-302
(a) Dhvani and Anumana 290
(b) Dhvani and Arthapatti 293
© Dhvani and Laksana 295
(d) Dhvani and Abhidha 298
(e) Dhvani and Tatpayavrtti 301
(f) Dhvani and Vakrodti 302
Classification of Dhvani 302
Intonation 312
Bibliography 317
Index 355

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