[INDOLOGY] Examples of very ambiguous devanagari Sanskrit sentences

Elliot Stern emstern at verizon.net
Sun Feb 8 16:40:45 EST 2015


Here’s an example as explained in nyāyakaṇikā:

yathā śveto dhāvatītyekasmādeva vākyādarthadvayamavagamyate śuklo nirṇektīti ca kauleyaka ito drutaṃ  gacchatīti ca



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> On 08 Feb  2015, at 15:25, Matthew Kapstein <mkapstei at uchicago.edu> wrote:
> 
> well, there's always the famous prahelikaa verse:
> ekonā viṃśati strīṇāṃ snānārthaṃ sarayūṃ gatāḥ | viṃśati pratiyātāḥ ca eko vyāghreṇa bhakṣitaḥ
> 
> where it all changes if you read:
> eko nā
> 
> Matthew
> 
> Matthew Kapstein
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> Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes
> 
> Numata Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies,
> The University of Chicago
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