Syntagms Constructed with Coordinative Particles in Ṛgveda 1.1 –1.50

Acta Linguistica Asiatica. 2012;2(1):45-60


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Journal Title: Acta Linguistica Asiatica

ISSN: 2232-3317 (Online)

Publisher: Znanstvena založba Filozofske fakultete Univerze v Ljubljani (Ljubljana University Press, Faculty of Arts)

Society/Institution: University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts

LCC Subject Category: Language and Literature: Philology. Linguistics

Country of publisher: Slovenia

Language of fulltext: Slovenian, English

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In the Ṛgveda, several types of syntactic construction expressing a coordinative or copulative relationship occur: dvandva compounds, copulative asyndeta, elliptic duals, and syntagms constructed with coordinative particles. This article investigates the role of coordinative particles in the first fifty hymns of the Ṛgveda, focusing in particular on the most frequently used particle ca and comparing its use to other copulative conjunctions attested in the text, especially where ca is used twice (i.e. ca … ca) and the particle utá. The article investigates how coordination is expressed between two words and aims to identify differences in the usage of coordinative particles if the words coordinated are theonyms or non-theonyms. By examining how two words coordinated with particles occur elsewhere in other coordinative constructions, the article demonstrates that research into coordinative constructions in Vedic ought to pay special attention to the specific grammatical and linguistic features of theonyms.