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Mohanty's words, that 'logical dis(\ourse requires that meanings retain an identity in the midst of varying contexts; secondly, meanings can be communicated by one SABDAP~A 20 person to another, and in that sense can be shared; further, in different speech acts and in different contexts, the same speaker or different speakers can always return to the same meaning.. i, literally, means 'the heard word', and is analogous to 'the revealed word' to which is attached some sanctity and authority. 24 But any discussion on sruti has to face some important issues.
Agama, as we saw earlier, stands for the 'authoritative word of tradition', without necessarily implying a personal authority. The scope of sabda is thus much wider in Indian thought than would at first appear. Another peculiarity of sabda is that, as a generic term it may stand for the whole field or enterprise of speech and language. In this sense it is not restricted to anyone part or unit of speech. Perhaps it was to emphasise the inter-connectedness of the different parts of speech in its wider linguistic structure that sabda has been used in this way.
This appears, on the face of it, to be a preposterous claim. Obviously, without persons there cannot be language. But what is being said, I believe, is that language as a presupposition of human communication is logically prior to its 'use' by persons, though it would be true to say, at the same time, that apart from its use there would be no significant impact of language, as felt in communication among persons. In other words, even if without use language would be as good as dead, it is not inconceivable that as a network of multi-linked concepts and meaning-structures that facilitate communication among persons, language is prior to the conventions that make possible its use.
Śabdapramāṇa: Word and Knowledge: A Doctrine in Mīmāṃsā-Nyāya Philosophy (with reference to Advaita Vedānta-paribhāṣā ‘Agama’) Towards a Framework for à ruti-prāmāṇya by Puruṣottama Bilimoria (auth.)