Prabhākara was an Indian philosopher-grammarian in the sā">Mīmāṃsā tradition. His views and his debate with ṭa">Kumārila Bhaṭṭ led to the Prābhākara school within Mimamsa.
a">Śālikanātha wrote commentaries on Prabhākara in the 8th century.
One of the views of the prābhākaras is that words do not directly designate meaning; any meaning that arises is because it is connected with other words . We know or learn the meaning of a word only by considering the sentential context which it appears; we learn such word meanings together with their possible semantic connections with other words. Sentence meanings are grasped directly, from perceptual and contextual cues, skipping the stage of grasping singly the individual word meanings .
This is very similar to the modern view of linguistic...