Stress on holistic approach to linguistics

K.P. Rao delivers special talk

“Many universities in the world teach linguistics along with philosophy and psychology; perhaps, that could be one of the models in the days to come,” said K.P. Rao, scholar and software expert, here recently.

He was delivering a special talk on “Language discourse: a philosophical inquiry” organised in memory of polymath-scholar D.D. Kosambi by the Centre for Gandhian and Peace Studies, a constituent Manipal University, here.

According to a press release issued by the centre, Prof. Rao said that universities such as Oxford and Massachusetts Institute of Technology were teaching linguistics along with philosophy and psychology. Perhaps, that would be a holistic approach to language, he added.

Prof. Rao, who is also the founder-director of Centre for Vedic and Linguistic Inquiry, said that language would have originated in million places simultaneously and followed the aural and visual routes. The natural language, becoming computational artificial language, offers an interesting picture for the future, he said.

“For Plato, Mathematics was the most accurate language,” he added.

Quoting from Aristotle, Wittgenstein, Chomsky, Pavlov and Derrida, Prof. Rao laid emphasis on their different views on language; he also simultaneously spoke about Indian theorists such as Oudumbarayana, Yaska, Shounaka, Panini, Katyayana and Bhartrihari. Initially, he recalled contributions of both Kosambis — father and son — to the world of scholarship of religion, history, philosophy and language.

Earlier, Varadesh Hiregange, Director of Gandhian Studies Centre, welcomed the gathering and delivered the introductory remarks. Many scholars, including Padekallu Vishnu Bhat, Mohan Kumar and Tungesh, participated in the discussion.

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