Freitag, 24. Mrz 2017, 15:15 - 16:45 iCal

Sanskrit avadyá- 'vice'

and its Incarnations in Middle Indic

Seminarraum 1 des Instituts für Südasien-, Tibet- und Buddhismuskunde
Spitalgasse 2, Hof 2.7, 1090 Wien


Ein Vortrag von Dr. Adam Catt, (Department of Linguistics, Kyoto University)


avadyá- ?vice’ appears already in the ?gveda and is attested in the simplex and in compounds throughout the history of Sanskrit and Middle Indic. As I have argued in my 2012 pa-per published in Japanese in the Journal of Indian and Bud-dhist Studies (vol. 60,2), by regular sound change, Sanskrit avadyá- corresponds to Pali avajja-, while Sanskrit varjya- ?(that which is) to be avoided = vice, sin’ corresponds to Pali vajja- ‘vice’. In this talk I will present a detailed examin-ation and comprehensive account of avadyá- and the con-texts in which this word is used in Vedic, later Sanskrit, and Middle Indic.

Already in Vedic, avadyá- has undergone some degree of lexicalization, a claim which is supported by P??ini’s an-alysis of the word. Due to regular processes of sound change in Middle Indic, the word became prone to confusion, and this led to an interesting reanalysis in Pali and a surprising Chinese translation that is found in the Ratnar??is?tra.

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