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Knowledge and language, Learning and preservation 0f language

Populations all over the world seek knowledge that improves the quality of their lives.Some discoveries are accidental.and the knowledge accumulated through such discoveries is also therefore accidental.. The knowledge gathered is passed on to the future generations through genes( Biologically) and through language ( by man built System)People who want to gather knowledge from other groups as well , should know the languages of other groups.. So knowledge spreads by the effort of people interested in a particular domain and by their ability to understand and express in one or more languages.
For example I wish to gather knowledge in tribal medicine, I should have knowledge of Gondi ,Savara and other tribal languages Or i should know those tribals who know medicine and also Thelugu or English and interact with them. If I want to learn Ayurvedam first hand I should know Samskrutham quite well . I can learn only if those languages are preserved.through ages
So we need two groups of people : those who preserve the languages and those who gain knowledge through them and propagate
Now the big question
How many languages an ordinary person should learn ?
Language is necessary to carry out business with people with whom we interact.
So one should know one’s mother tongue to interact with one’s family members
I am a Thelugu person living in Karnataka So I should learn kannada to be able to interact with vast majority of people around me . But I do not have to learn it in school If I learn one link language like English or Hindi Or Samskrutham , I can interact with Kannadigas who know that language and learn Kannada
In interacting with people from Suriname, Brazil, USA , France Germany and Japan, I am able to manage with English
So If I learn Thelugu well and basic English and Hindi ( optional) , I can improve upon them depending on my future required mobility
Second big question
Can one learn English well and limit learning of mother tongue and local language to the basic minimum?
I do not see any problem if that is one’s requirement All the noise I hear is meaning less in my opinion . I love Thelugu. But I do not insist that you should., if you are passing through Andhra
If I am passing through Chennai , I should not be expected to know Tamil If one is posted at Visakhapatnam Airport , one should preferably know Thelugu But one should not be arrogant to say that I should know Hindi Both these things happened to me I expected , the persons concerned in both these cases , to know at least some basic English

Written by kavanasarma

September 26, 2015 at 2:34 am

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  1. Language – Communication, information, awareness, experience, knowledge
    A human’s relationship with the outside world is through senses – perception. Speech is one of them. Speech is fundamental, language (written) comes later into picture. While speaking languages mix. and the language mix depends on the region and social class of the other person. Today in India mother tongue alone is inadequate. In knowledge space today, English comes in the top. One can get 90% of contemporary knowledge through it. But for getting TRUE knowledge of a past era, particular languages in which knowledge/information were generated are important

    V V S Sarma

    September 26, 2015 at 10:01 am

  2. Sir,
    Also, we need scholars who will “translate” the knowledge from different sources into more easily accessible form!


    September 26, 2015 at 5:24 pm

  3. I agree with you. Learning Samsrutham or Hindi may not be required in cewrtain cases


    September 26, 2015 at 11:19 pm

  4. I agree ,When I said People who can express I meant what you said


    September 26, 2015 at 11:21 pm

  5. Samskrtam is a case by itself. As long as Hindus exist, to know what is the basis of our religion, our rituals, and our way of life at least a minimal knowledge is necessary. To understand Telugu as a scholar without Sanskrita knowledge is impossible. Knowledge of Tamil, Kannada and Urdu help. But today Sanskrit minus Hinduism is the intellectual property of the West. For “digesting” Sanskrit, West will need it for lot more time. It does not any longer need Latin and Greek. The knowledge base will be claimed by them.

    V V S Sarma

    September 27, 2015 at 6:16 am

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