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Buddhism and Linguistics

Theory and Philosophy

  • Manel Herat

About this book


This edited collection brings linguistics into contact with a millennia of works by Buddhist scholars. Examining the Buddhist contemplative tradition and its extensive writings from an interdisciplinary perspective, the authors bridge the gap between such customs and human language. To do so, they provide chapters on linguistics, history, religious studies, philosophy and semiotics. Uniting scholars from three different continents and from many disciplines and institutions, this innovative and unique book is sure to appeal to anyone interested in Buddhist traditions and linguistics.


Buddhism in India Buddhist philosophy of language Abhidharma Madhyamaka Yogācāra Zen Buddhism ontological linguistics Martin Heidegger Japanese Esoteric Buddhism Buddhist discourse Sign Systems Semiotics Language and reality linguistic philosophy Buddhism in Mongolia Sanskrit Buddhism in China Chinese phonology Buddhism in South Asia Buddhist soteriology

Editors and affiliations

  • Manel Herat
    • 1
  1. 1.English DepartmentLiverpool Hope UniversityLiverpoolUnited Kingdom

About the editors

Manel Herat is Lecturer in English Language at Liverpool Hope University, UK. Her research interests include World Englishes, World War I letters, and Psychology of Language including Child Language.

Bibliographic information


“Manel Herat’s collection brings together seven essays that both individually and collectively give much needed attention to the issues of Buddhism and linguistics. A wide range of historical periods, cultural regions, and doctrinal lineages are discussed, giving the collection not only broad application, but also relevance to scholars working in any number of specializations. At the same time that contemporary theories are employed analytically by several contributors in their studies, theories regarding language based in traditional sources are explicated as well.” (Richard Payne, Yehan Numata Professor of Japanese Buddhism, Institute of Buddhist Studies, University of California, Berkeley, USA)