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Title: Rule-extension Strategies in Ancient India
Subtitle: Ritual, Exegetical and Linguistic Considerations on the tantra- and prasanga-Principles
Written By: Elisa Freschi
Tiziana Pontillo

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.

Publication Year: 2013
Publisher: Peter Lang AG
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
History of Linguistics
Subject Language(s): Sanskrit
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9783631628720
Pages: 177
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