[INDOLOGY] The term vakharī
Rolf Heinrich Koch
rolfheiner.koch at gmail.com
Sun Oct 24 13:38:13 UTC 2021
Yes, it has a Prakrit origin as Madhev suspects. See
Mayrhofer, A Concise Etymological Sanskrit Dictionary, vol 3,p. 267
"vaikharī f. Name eines best. Lautes / name of a particular sound (Up.,
u.a.): nach Wright, NCSL 24 falsch sanskritisiertes Patronym. von mi.
*vikkhara- < ai. viksarä- m. „Abfluß44 (AV), „Beiname Visnus44 (ep.,u.a.)".
Am 24.10.2021 um 02:11 schrieb Jim Ryan via INDOLOGY:
> I’m curious about the term Vaikharī for articulated speech. In the
> /Encyclopedia of Indian Philosophies /volume on the Grammarians,
> judging from the index, it seems this term was first used by
> Bhartṛhari (at least in a grammatical context.) V. S. Apte cites the
> Mallinatha commentary on /Kumārasaṃbhava /for an authoritative
> reference of the word, but that is quite late (15th century.) Firstly,
> are there instances of this word used with any frequency before
> Bhartṛhari? Secondly, the lexicons give no good verbal root or root
> word for it. I note that the word /vaikṛtī /as “alteration” has a
> similar shape (and wouldn’t fit badly in the “articulated speech”
> category of Vāc), but I’m presuming that the word vaikharī is not a
> Prakrit-derived form. So… where and how do we get to this important
> term in language theory in India, which seems unrelated to any other
> common root or word?
> Jim Ryan
> Asian Philosophies and Cultures (Emeritus)
> California Institute of Integral Studies
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Dr. Rolf Heinrich Koch
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