Pearls and Black Pepper (repost)

Thi is a repost, upon request, from my old blog at Harvard, which I have since taken down, since I did not find the ‘OpenScholar’ software easy to use. I have corrected a few mistakes and added some more information. The most common metaphor for a “good” mixture of language in South Asia is “jewel-coral”…

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A lost work on Kannada meter

I know from Jean-Luc Chevillard that a Tamil text on meter, called the Yāpparuṅkalakkārikai, has a commentary (virutti) by one Kuṇacākarar that mentions a “book on Kannada meter.” He referred me to Ulrike Niklas’ edition and translation of the Yāpparuṅkalakkārikai and its commentary (Pondicherry 1993). Kuṇacākarar there discusses the similarities between the work he is commenting on,…

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