Vakyapadiya (study of the concept of Sentence)

by Sarath P. Nath | 2018 | 36,088 words

Summary: This essay studies the Vakyapadiya by Bhartrhari and his treatment of the Concept of Sentence in Language against the different systems of knowledge prevalent in ancient India (such as Mimamsa, Nyaya and Vyakarana). This thesis analyses the concepts and discussions on sentence and sentence-meaning, reflecting the sentence theory of the Vakyapadiya.

Bhartrihari was a great grammarian and philosopher who explored the depth and breadth of Sanskrit grammar. His Vakyapadiyam created a philosophical dimension in the science of Grammar and explained the concept of language in different levels in order to have a comprehensive idea of its function.

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