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‘Like English, regional languages should co-opt words from others’

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On languages: (From left) Geetha Bali, convener of the ISCA; Kamala Ham. Pa. Na, president of the 71st Kannada Literary Conference; Ham. Pa. Nagarajaiah, writer; and K.E. Radhakrishna, principal, Surana College, at the inauguration of the symposium in Bangalore on Tuesday.
On languages: (From left) Geetha Bali, convener of the ISCA; Kamala Ham. Pa. Na, president of the 71st Kannada Literary Conference; Ham. Pa. Nagarajaiah, writer; and K.E. Radhakrishna, principal, Surana College, at the inauguration of the symposium in Bangalore on Tuesday.

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Obviate unnecessary use of English terminologies: Kamala Ham. Pa. Na.

BANGALORE: Just as the English language is growing by co-opting words from several other languages, regional languages should also grow and not be bogged down by a conservative outlook, president of the 71st All-India Kannada Literary Conference Kamala Ham. Pa. Na. said here on Tuesday.

Speaking after inaugurating a symposium on “Challenges in communicating science and technology in regional languages”, organised by the Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA), the noted writer said that English had adopted terms from French, German, Latin and other languages.

‘Mostly borrowed’

She said that 13 per cent of words used in English were original, and the rest had been borrowed from other languages, including French, German, Latin and others, which had resulted in enriching the language. “We have improved certain words, introduced many others, while many words have been borrowed from other languages.”

She urged people to obviate unnecessary use of English terminologies. “When words are available in Kannada for English terminologies such as mummy, daddy, uncle, brother and sister, why should English words be used?” Dr. Kamala Ham. Pa. Na., however, said that some words that were part of technical terminology could be retained as they were while being used in regional languages.

Convener of the ISCA Geetha Bali; treasurer Shankar Bhat Sullia; Dean, Faculty of Science, Bangalore University, H.T. Rathod; Jainology scholar and writer Ham. Pa. Nagarajaiah; and Surana College principal K.E. Radhakrishna were present on the occasion.

Part of a series

The symposium was organised as a part of several such regional symposiums that are being organised by the ISCA across the country. A few experts from each chapter will be invited to participate in the national-level symposium to be held during the 95th Science Congress from January 3 at Visakhapatnam.

The Union Government has initiated discussions on the challenges in communicating science and technology in regional languages and will examine what measures need be taken to make this effective.

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