elisa.freschi at GMAIL.COM
Thu Mar 15 01:17:56 UTC 2012
Just by coincidence, I found out today about a conference on Indo-
Iranian onomastic, to be held in Vienna in May. The call for papers
has been published here:
Dr. Elisa Freschi
research fellow of Sanskrit
Facoltà di Studi Orientali
Università di Roma 'La Sapienza'
via Principe Amedeo 182b, 00185 Rome (Italy)
fax +39 06 49385915
On 15/mar/12, at 06:31, Allen Thrasher wrote:
> One thing I have never seen investigated but which ought to be is
> the habit of giving teachers and other prominent persons informal
> nicknames, one which seems to go back quite a ways. E.g. KaNAda,
> "particle eater" for the founder of VaiZeSika - though he may be
> mythical, or BhagavatpAda for AdiZankarAcArya, or in modern times
> Lokamanya Tilak and Mahatma Gandhi.
> One factor at work in onomastics in classical Sanskrit is the
> attitude, perhaps originating in the needs of verse, that one may
> take any compound word and substitute any synonym of either or both
> members without loss of meaning, metris causa or for elegant
> variation, something which may be applied to proper names of people
> and places as well as to common nouns or adjectives.
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