The grammarian Patañjali makes a wide use of examples and similes taken from the natural word and everyday life. The article concentrates on one image, that of the tree with its branches, occurring thrice in an identical formula and once in a different context. We want to show that this image is used as a metaphor of a specific kind of part-whole relationship relevant as far as the interpretation of linguistic segmentation is concerned.

The (in)separable parts of a plant in the Mahabhasya imagery, or how nature may inspire a grammarian

PONTILLO, TIZIANA;
2007

Abstract

The grammarian Patañjali makes a wide use of examples and similes taken from the natural word and everyday life. The article concentrates on one image, that of the tree with its branches, occurring thrice in an identical formula and once in a different context. We want to show that this image is used as a metaphor of a specific kind of part-whole relationship relevant as far as the interpretation of linguistic segmentation is concerned.
Sanskrit grammar; Patanjali; Segmentation
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