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Date(s) - 22/11/2019
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Seminar Hall


The Spectrum of Non-literal usages as seen in Śāstraic Framework

H R Meera, PhD.
NIAS, Bangalore.

The use of language for purposes beyond communication involves various mechanisms that are instrumental in its non-literal usage. We have, of course, the vyañjanā vṛtti, which, as dhvani, pervades the Alaṅkāra-śāstra studies. Nyāya-śāstra (Indian Logic) makes extensive use of anumāna (loosely translated as “Inference”) which is one such mode. Another allied phenomenon viz. arthāpatti too has been explored in the Indian tradition. In this talk, we shall consider the various flavours of the spectrum of non-literal meanings, with focus on arthāpatti and its subtle variant, arthaprāpti.