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Semiotica Indica (In 2 Volumes)

 
H.L. Shukla (Author)
Synopsis Semiotica Indica is the first attempt to describe the semiotics of Indian culture. It is meant to provide some basic ideas, concepts and material for the study of non verbal communication in India. It draws from works on semiotics but revolves around the core concept of communication. The book is about Indian actions, how actions become gestures transmit messages. It covers much of the literature in Sanskrit and modern Indian languages on non verbal communication and organizes it in a fashion useful for three purpose: (a) to provide an “ancient overview” of the nonverbal communication; (b) to map nonverbal continuity in India from Bharata’s time to the present day; and (c) to establish a conceptual base into which new findings may be integrated. This Encyclopaedic Dictionary is a survey of Indian semiotics from Rgvedic times to the present day sketching the theoretical (Sastra) and practical (Prayoga=loka) approaches of the leading semiticians with respect to their differing objectives; establishing the philosophical sign system for canonical representation of human thought; devising Puranas for the creation of new ideas; gaining insight into the conditions of human knowledge; increasing the efficiency of sahitya, sangita, citra, vastu, ayurveda, jyotisa, darsana and the various branches of the arts; extending communication into agama, nigama, tantra, yonija and ayonija species. The underlying world-view has crystallized in certain concepts, reflecting the understanding of body and soul, of space and time, of indriya and atindriya, of the part and the whole, of the body and the senses. This book contains nearly 6000 terms, the complex ones are supported by illustrations. The entries are ordered alphabetically, but each of the reference is guarded by numerous cross-references. The main focus is on producing penetrating insights into semiotics in general and nonverbal communication in particular. Written in simple elegant prose and strikingly illustrated, this Encyclopaedic Dictionary is full of practical insights for the understanding of theoretical and practical aspects of body-languages in India.
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About the author

H.L. Shukla

H.L. Shukla (b. 1939) has created, and for forty years he has dominated the field of Indology and modern linguistics. Professor H.L. Shukla, throughout position-holder and goldmedalist with double Ph.D. and D.Litt., is a brilliant luminary in the firmament of Indology. His valuable contributions to the various aspects of Indology, Ethno-history, Ethno-linguistics, Ethnic Literature, Ethno-music, Ethno-semiotics, Diatectology, Dictionary and Literary criticism in particular, now covering more than thirty years, are too well-known to need any introduction. His grounding in the Sanskrit learning with the command on tribal languages through modern linguistics enabled him to delve deeper in the interpretation of Indian culture and translation of Ramayana in the tribal languages. His history of Bastar in seven volumes has opened new chapter in Indian history. Professor Shukla has till now completed several research projects, published 44 books and over hundreds of research papers in Indian and foreign journals. As an editor of two research Journals (Psycholingua and Multilingua, 1970-), he produced hundred of scholars. His books have been widely reviewed and quoted in international and national Journals, books, seminars, conferences, etc. he has guided 34 research scholars for Ph.D. and D.Litt. and has been the member of more than fifty academic bodies. He founded the Department of Comparative Language and Culture in 19880 and has so far produced hundreds of scholars in M.A. Sanskrit, Prakrit and Linguistics, M.Phil. comparative Linguistics, P.G. Diploma in Linguistics and Tribal Languages. Formerly he was Professor-cum-Director of the Institute of Correspondence Courses, Bhopal University, Bhopal.

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Title Semiotica Indica (In 2 Volumes)
Author H.L. Shukla
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1994
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 8173050465
length xxxviii+314p., iv+315-683p., Index; 29cm.