Books: Rule-extension Strategies in Ancient India: Freschi, Pontillo
Editor for this issue: Justin Petro
Date: 12-Dec-2013 From: Laura Bally <publicitypeterlang.com> Subject: Rule-extension Strategies in Ancient India: Freschi, Pontillo E-mail this message to a friend
Title: Rule-extension Strategies in Ancient India
Subtitle: Ritual, Exegetical and Linguistic Considerations on the tantra- and
Publisher: Peter Lang AG
This study focuses on the devices implemented in Classical Indian texts on ritual and language in order to develop a structure of rules in an economic and systematic way. These devices presuppose a spatial approach to ritual and language, one which deals for instance with absences as substitutions within a pre-existing grid, and not as temporal disappearances. In this way, the study reveals a key feature of some among the most influential schools of Indian thought.
The sources are Kalpasūtra, Vyākaraṇa and Mīmāṃsā, three textual traditions which developed alongside each other, sharing – as the volume shows – common presuppositions and methodologies. The book will be of interest for Sanskritists, scholars of ritual exegesis and of the history of linguistics.
History of Linguistics