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The mental sounds of speech or the theory of sphota

Author(s): Mirena Paceva
Subject(s): Language studies, Language and Literature Studies, Foreign languages learning, Theoretical Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, Lexis, Semantics, Psycholinguistics, Philology
Published by: Софийски университет »Св. Климент Охридски«
Keywords: Indian linguistics; Bhartṛhari; sphota; mental resonance; speech production; meaning; semantics

Summary/Abstract: Sphota is a specific concept from the Indian linguistic and philosophical tradition, which has no analogue in Western linguistics. Sphota is the word in the mind or the mental sound that "illuminates" the signified. The concept is presented systematically by the ancient Indian philosopher and grammarian Bhartrihari in his treatise About the sentence and the word. Among the main features of the concept are integrity, lack of sequence and temporal specificity. It transmits its own form together with the meaning. Furthermore, the form has a leading position. From the standpoint of modern psycholinguistics, the ideas of Bhartrihari are more consonant with the connectionist language and less with the serial ones.

  • Issue Year: 2015
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 26-36
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: Bulgarian