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Title: Vedic Songs: Technology Without Machine
Paper URL: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2021917
Author: Debaprasad Bandyopadhyay
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Homepage: http://isid.academia.edu/DebaprasadBandyopadhyay
Institution: Indian Statistical Institute
Linguistic Field: Historical Linguistics; Phonetics; Phonology; Sociolinguistics
Abstract: This paper tries to show the preservation of sama-songs by deploying different techne (archewriting a la Derrida) without using any eco-enemy machine. It also focuses on the Rkvedicization and/or Sanskritization , another regulatory disciplinary technology, of such songs that yielded reduction of melodies in Vedic hymns. This coercive institutionalized reduction (by the priestly commune) abruptly outcasted sama-songs. This paper also questions the linear overdetermined chronological order of ‘origin’(?), and ‘development’ (?) of Indic languages that is taught in the philology/linguistics syllabus without considering the problems of historicism.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Venue: Telugu University
Publication Info: Speech Technology: Issues and Implications in Indian Languages, pp. 257-265, Reddy, K.N. ed., Thiruvantapuram: Dravidian Linguistics Association, 2000
URL: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2021917


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