Each Language is a Unique World View
theyyamdancer
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#1
| It's all Greek to me, but Benglish will do

Each Language is a Unique World View

Interesting article today in the press:

Each Language is a Unique World View

PLSI found 90 languages in Arunachal Pradesh, almost double that of the next most diverse state, Assam, with 55. What are the reasons which lead to so many languages?

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#2
| Maha Guru Member
In Linguistics it's called the Sapir-Whorf Theory.
#3
| Senior Member

Each Language is a Unique World View

Maybe they developed in areas that used to be quite secluded. So little traffic to / fro hence no development of a shared language. Even a formerly shared language may develop in different ways if the people dont mix.

Just see how Afrikaans (which developed from the dutch they spoke in Holland in that century of colonisation of whats now South Africa) developed to be far away from where contemporary dutch ended up.
#4
| Maha Guru Member

Originally posted by: theyyamdancer View Post

Interesting article today in the press:

Each Language is a Unique World View


Thanks for posting the link, theyyamdancer. Some good questions from the interviewer. And some freewheeling replies.

Apart from the cultural aspect, why is linguistic diversity desirable?

Language today has become an economic capital around the world. The future technology—computers, mobile tech—their basic material is language. Having many tongues will come to be seen, in a not so distant future, as great economic capital.
Computer language is based on the distinction between 0 and 1. Zero is absence, 1 is presence. This understanding is derived from the Greek system. In Sanskrit we have a word, Kha, which means space, or a zero that includes everything, a place where things take birth and perish. There is another word for zero, shunya, which means empty. There’s a third word, purna, which is a zero which has things in it, but they are neither born nor do they die. Corresponding to these three, there are three ideas of the unit, of 1. Supposing we bring these into computer technology?
#5
| Search, be your own guru
Agree. If we loose our language, we loose our culture. Macaulay - teach them English.
Truly that Dharma is the Truth (Satya); Therefore, when a man speaks the Truth, they say, "He speaks the Dharma"; and if he speaks Dharma, they say, "He speaks the Truth!" For both are one. - Brihadaranyak Upanishad

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