[INDOLOGY] rhetorical questions in Sanskrit

Madhav Deshpande mmdesh at umich.edu
Sun Mar 8 09:22:51 EDT 2020

Dear Matthew,

     The term *kāku *is used in Sanskrit to refer to a rhetorical question.

Madhav M. Deshpande
Professor Emeritus, Sanskrit and Linguistics
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
Senior Fellow, Oxford Center for Hindu Studies

[Residence: Campbell, California, USA]

On Sun, Mar 8, 2020 at 1:56 AM Matthew Kapstein via INDOLOGY <
indology at list.indology.info> wrote:

> Dear friends,
> The use of the rhetorical question as a figure of speech has been often
> noticed in Sanskrit epic, poetry, drama and philosophy. But is there a
> proper technical term in Sanskrit itself for "rhetorical question"?
> In the commentarial treatments that come to mind, the question is
> paraphrased so as to make explicit the rhetorical intent, but without
> reference to a precise term to identify the figure. Am I perhaps missing
> something? Or is it merely treated as falling under some broader category,
> perhaps vakrokti?
> with thanks in advance for your responses,
> Matthew
> Matthew Kapstein
> Directeur d'études, émérite
> Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris
> Numata Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies,
> The University of Chicago
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