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Vedic antárikṣa-: etymology and formation.

Abstract : The Vedic noun antárikṣa- , neuter (RV +) refers to the 'intermediary space', between earth and heaven. The paper reviews the previous unsuccessful or abortive proposals as for its etymology. It is explained as based on a prepositional phrase combining the adverb antár(i) 'between' and the dual, accusative, of kṣám- ‘earth’, making the so-called elliptical dual, and meaning 'earth [and heaven]'.
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Georges-Jean Pinault. Vedic antárikṣa-: etymology and formation. . Historische Sprachforschung, 2012, Von Fall zu Fall. Studien zur indogermanischen Syntax., pp.264-284. ⟨halshs-01447219⟩



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