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Readings of a selection of unedited texts in late Tamil Manipravalam

Time: 23-25 January 2019 (Wed 10:00-14:00, Thu 9:00-16:00 & Fri 09:00-13:00)
Venue: 2nd floor, room 2.41 ("Besprechungszimmer"), Institute for the Cultural and Intellectual History of Asia
Hollandstraße 11-13, 1020 Vienna
Organisation: Elisa Freschi


The workshop, headed by Dr. Giovanni Ciotti (University of Hamburg), will focus on a language that Dr. Ciotti christened "Late Tamil Maṇipravāḷam". The term "Maṇipravāḷam" indicates the form of linguistic, in particular morphological, hybridisation in which Sanskrit and Tamil features are profusely mixed, may it be at the level of lexical borrowings such as in the case of the commentaries of the Śrīvaiṣṇava ācāryas, or of sentences built with fully inflected words in both languages, à la Līlātilakam. The adjective "Late" shifts the focus onto the literature and language found in several understudied or yet unexplored written documents, such as manuscripts and early printed books which were produced during the 18th and 19th centuries in the Tamil speaking area of South India (mostly corresponding to today's Tamil Nadu). This was in fact a crucial moment, when virtually for the last time the term Maṇipravāḷam was used in some manuscripts to designate the language in which the texts there contained were composed. The workshop will especially focus on a multilingual commentary of the first verse of the Nāmaliṅgānuśāna and on a version of the Viṣṇupurāṇa called Viṣṇupurāṇavacaṉam.


Please register per email to before 18 January 2019.

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