Jonathan Silk kauzeya at GMAIL.COM
Thu Dec 18 14:41:22 UTC 2008

I am afraid that at the moment I do not have to hand the review cited by
Prof Slaje, but anyway, so-called failure to geminate on the one hand, and
Paninian but 'irregular' gemination on the other (e.g., karmma etc) are
regular features of many Buddhist Sanskrit (or if one insists, 'hybrid'
Sanskrit) manuscripts, not limited to those of Nepal. (Sometimes this is
script-dependent; in so-called Khotanese-style MSS we find even prrajñā
etc., although the language is Sanskrit) I would not consider it a
linguistic feature at all, merely ('merely'?) a habit of scribes. I am not
even sure that I would be willing to go so far as to compare it to the habit
(which I personally find charming) of scholars like Edgerton and Bloomfield
to write elefant and the like.

Jonathan Silk

On Thu, Dec 18, 2008 at 11:10 PM, Walter Slaje <slaje at> wrote:

> > Dear Victor,
> > Everyone, including you, has spelt 'bodhisattva'. All the manuscripts i
> have consulted read 'bodhisatva'! I wonder if anyone has given a thought to
> if the latter is not incorrect?  DB
> On bodhi-sattva /°satva cp.
> Oskar von Hinueber, Ein Meilenstein in der Erforschung des
> zentralasiatischen Buddhismus.
> Zu einem neuen Katalog khotan-sakischer Handschriften
> (Skjærvø, Prods Oktor: Khotanese Manuscripts from Chinese
> Turke stan in the British Library: a complete catalogue with texts
> and translations, London 2002), ZDMG 157. 2007, 385-394
> ("bodhisattva"-elucidation on pp.387-389)
> WS
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