A comprehensive data on language mapping in the country, which will reflect the condition of languages in India, has almost completed surveying 26 States, Ganesh N. Devy, Chairman of Peoples’ Linguistic Survey of India (PLSI) has said.

A few more states like Uttar Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh and parts of Bihar are left to be completed, after which the survey will be dedicated to the nation by the year end, Mr. Devy adds.

“It is a matter of grave concern to note that languages are dying rapidly while the scenario in the cultural arena is even more ‘pathetic’, Mr. Devy said, delivering a key-note address at a day-long workshop on Language Mapping of Kerala hosted at the Central University of Kerala (CUK) campus here on Saturday.

The flourishing of languages had been hit hard by shift in production perspective and time had come for corrective steps to promote growth of language and protect age-old traditions and diversified cultural ethos, he said.

The emergence of capital intensive production, that had eventually replaced farm land, had augmented the grim language scenario, he said. Rapid degeneration or growth retardation in language and related studies was visible whenever there were global economic changes. In the technology driven world, more importance was being attached to memorising and hence language promotion came secondary. In the process, the people of the region concerned could be at the risk of losing cultural heritage, which could be invariably maintained by promoting language studies, he said.

V.R. Prabhodha Chandran Nayar, academic coordinator, said there was no harm if any other language came to enrich the local language.

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