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What is the sentence meaning?

Kumārila's Ślokavārttika

Time: Mo.-Fr., 13.-17. Juni 2016 09:30-17:00 (on Mo and Wed slightly longer, on Thu shorter than that)
Venue: Institut für Kultur- und Geistesgeschichte Asiens, Seminarraum 2
Apostelgasse 23, 1030 Wien
Organisation: Elisa Freschi


During the workshop, we will translate and analyse the section dedicated to the sentence meaning of Kumārila Bhaṭṭa's (6th c.?) Ślokavārttika. The text offers the uncommon advantage of discussing the topic from the point of view of several philosophical schools, whose philosophical positions will also be analysed and debated. Particular attention will be dedicated to the topic of the sentence meaning from the perspective of Mīmāṃsā and Vyākaraṇa. In detail, we will read ŚV vākyādhikaraṇa, verses 168--247 and their commentary by Pārthasārathi Miśra (which is the only extant and available commentary). Before the verses to be read the ŚV vākyādhikaraṇa has dealt with a long series of objections and replies about the sentence meaning dealing with what is the element conveying it (the phonemes? the sentence as a whole? the words? the word meanings?). Departing from v. 168, the thesis that the sentence meaning is conveyed by sphoṭa is discussed. A long siddhānta follows.

Copies of the texts will be distributed during the workshop. Please email the organiser if you want to receive them in advance.

For organisational purposes, you are kindly invited to announce your participation with an email to


Interested scholars of the IKGA

Vincenzo Vergiani (University of Cambridge)

Charles Li (University of Cambridge)

Andrew Ollett (Harvard University)

Akane Saito (Kyushu University of Fukuoka, Japan)

Shishir Saxena (University of Cambridge)

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