The word and the world: India's contribution to the study of language
In this book, Matilal demonstrates how the work of classical Indian philosophers can inform the study of the philosophy of language. He provides not simply an exposition, but also an analysis of classical theories, allowing the texts to speak for themselves. Specific topics include sphota theory, the word as a unit of sentence, the problem of translation, and an elaboration of Bhatrhari's view of cognition.
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Bhartrharis View of Sphota
Critics of the Sphota Theory and Views
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Abhinava Abhinavagupta according action alamkdra Anandavardhana argued argument arises awareness basis believe Bhartrhari Bhatta Brahman Buddhist called causal factor cognition connection constitute context context principle convey cooking denote derived Dharmakirti Dihnaga distinction entity epistemological eternal example explain expression fact false Gahgesa grammar grasped hearer Hence Indian indivisible ineffable inference Katyayana kdraka categories knowledge by testimony Kuntaka letters linguistic logical manifested Matilal meaning meaning-bearing metaphorical Mimamsa Mimamsakas mystical Nagarjuna Naiyayikas natural language ndda notion Nyaya object occurrent belief Panini particular Patanjali perception philosophers philosophy of language poetic poetry Prabhakara pre-verbs present primary qualificand qualified Rama refers regarded relation sabda Saindhava Sanskrit Sanskrit language sapaksa sdbdabodha semantic sense sensory sentence sentence-meaning sequence signified sound sound-units speaker speech sphota sphota doctrine sphota theory syntactic thesis thing thought Uddyotakara unity universal utterance Vaisesika Vatsyayana verb verbal verse vimarsa vipaksa whole word cow word-meanings Yaska