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Linguistic Approach to Meaning in Pali

K. Manohar Gupta (Author)
Synopsis Meaning is the core and heart of any language. When it comes to ancient languages such as Pal, the study of meaning is conducted with a special purpose. Pali like any other ancient language of the Buddha are contained. A Student of Pali studies this language for understanding the words of the Blessed One, though he may not use the knowledge of language for any communication. The need of communication applies to the current languages in which the people normally speak. For ancient languages, the purpose of any study  is for understanding the same. While this general feature applies to Pali also, there is some higher purpose and that it's the realization of the essence of the teachings. Thus the word artha, meaning is for understanding as well realizing the same. This book seeks to emphasize the need to study the aspect of meaning keeping in mind this special purpose for PALI. The modern linguistics conduct their study mostly on modern languages with scientific tools that had undergone tremendous change in the course of recent past. But when the same tools are applied to ancient languages in any linguistic study, the said approach needs to be changes. The study of meaning in this book is conducted with the special emphasis given to the caution of the Buddha in study of his teachings and for him the word artha, meaning lies in its realization of the essence of the teachings and not to serve a mere purpose of communication. If for Sanskrit and other ancient languages, the letter is very important as to mode of chanting, intonation etc., for pali, it is the practical realization that is behind the concept of meaning. This approach has been judiciously mixed with modern linguistic approach to some extent in this study. An exclusive study of this type seeks to bring out the intentions of the Buddha as far as the medium of language in which h taught is concerned.
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About the author

K. Manohar Gupta

Kare Manohar Gupta (b. 1953), Ph.D. is a research scholar in the field of Pali and Buddhism. The author is a Chartered Accountant by occupation. But he became deeply interested in religion and spiritual development, both academically and also in practicing the same. While reading religious material in the course of spiritual development, he was puzzled to find various interpretations for any Sanskrit text, since Indian religious material is mostly available in Sanskrit. Utterly dissatisfied, a desire arose in the core of his heart to learn Sanskrit being the classical language, which is the barrier in understanding the ancient texts. However, in the process, he became attracted towards Pali language of Buddhism. Due to the close nexus of Pali with Sanskrit to a certain extent, he learnt Sanskrit also and developed working knowledge in it. In the course of this perseverance, he joined the University of Delhi and obtained the masters Degree from the faculty of Buddhist Studies with specialization in Pali and continued his study to be awarded the degree of Master of Philosophy from the same faculty in the same University. The finale of his study is in his being conferred with Doctor of Philosophy by same University. The author has written many articles that appeared regularly in various Buddhist journals such as Suhrullekha, Svatantra Times and others.

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Title Linguistic Approach to Meaning in Pali
Format Hardcover
Date published: 03.02.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Sundeep Prakashan
Language: English
isbn 8175741708
length xiv+332p., Tables; References; Notes; Bibliography; Index; 23cm.
Subjects Language Arts