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Participles in Rigvedic Sanskrit
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Participles in Rigvedic Sanskrit: The Syntax and Semantics of Adjectival Verb Forms

John J. Lowe

Abstract

This book examines the syntax and semantics of tense-aspect stem participles in the Ṛgveda. The Ṛgveda is an ancient collection of sacred Indian hymns, written in the Vedic Sanskrit language, and is one of the oldest extant texts in any Indo-European language. The author applies formal linguistic analysis, within the framework of Lexical-Functional Grammar (LFG), to the complex and often controversial data, to produce a comprehensive formal model of how participles are used. This analysis makes it possible to reassess and recategorize the forms concerned, defining certain stems and subcategori ... More

Keywords: participles, Lexical-Functional Grammar, LFG, Vedic Sanskrit, Rigveda, Proto-Indo-European, syntax, semantics, verbal adjectives, adjectival verbs, participle typology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198701361
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198701361.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John J. Lowe, author
Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow, Faculty of Linguistics, Philology, and Phonetics, University of Oxford