[INDOLOGY] Grammatical Pun Reference

Matthew Kapstein mkapstei at uchicago.edu
Sun Feb 16 19:33:11 EST 2014


Dear Ms. Cover,

I recall seeing similar verses that play on phonetically close words yielding opposite meaning,
in this case the contrast between egotism and equanimity. I am not sure that it
is to be classed as a "grammatical pun," however, but perhaps as a type of anupraasa,
'assonance, alliteration,' such as var.nasaamya, 'phonetic similarity.' But it's really out of my
area and I will be pleased to be enlightened by some of the list's aala.mkaarikas.

good luck,


Matthew Kapstein
Directeur d'études,
Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes

Numata Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies,
The University of Chicago
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