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Categorisation and Interpretation. Indological and comparative studies from an international Indological meeting at the Department of Comparative Philology, Göteborg University (= Meijerbergs arkiv för svensk ordforskning 24)

Edited book
Authors Folke Josephson
ISBN 91-630-7978-X
Publisher University of Gothenburg
Place of publication Göteborg
Publication year 1999
Published at Department of Comparative Philology and Sanskrit
Language en
Keywords Indian philosophy and linguistics, Sanskrit, Tocharian, Hittite, Indian literature, Hindu and Buddhist Philosophy, Indian medicine, Translation technique, Pahlavi
Subject categories Physiology, History and Archaeology, Specific Languages, Religious Studies, Arts


Several of the articles contained in the volume show how logical categorisation and linguistic scholarship as found in ancient India explain the specificity of Indian culture and its contribution to world culture in a way that has not always been suffiently heeded in the West. Some articles show how linguistic, philosophical and textual studies in the Indo-Iranian field can be brought into a wider comparative context and how the study of Indo-European comparative linguistics can be connected with a general understanding of linguistic categories. Conceptual categories of ancient India are studied by Asko Parpola, Klaus Oetke and Johannes Bronkhorst. Bertil Tikkanen writes about the category of subject in Indian and Western linguistics. Folke Josephson and Gerd Carling discuss some case categories of Sanskrit and other Indo-European languages. W.L. Smith treats of variants of a literary tex. Kenneth Zysk writes about the role of mythology in the process of brahmanization of Indian medicine. Judith Josephson is concerned with the technique of interpretation of the Pahlavi translators. Claes Wennerberg studies a Finnish word of possible Indian origin. The volume is a tribute to Gösta Liebert, professor emeritus of Comparative Linguistics and Sanskrit at Göteborg University who unfortunately passed away at the moment when the book was about to go to the press.

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