Dainik Jagrans recent set of ads (note the pic) above are eye opening in more than one sense. Note the picture above. The caption reads (seen partly in the picture), "Can changing the language change our relationship with objects?" Below is a picture of a Mango, with the first captioned in English. The rest are varieties of Mango noted as Hapus, dasehri, langda, totapuri, and so on. There is another similar advertisement with the picture of an "uncle" first captioned as uncle and then as chacha, mama, mausa, fufa and tau.
The chain of thought that this triggered is that our languages are far more expressive than English. This probably applies to other foreign languages too, but then I am not so aware of foreign langauges.
Knowledge of local languages (and perhaps more languages) creates a greater awareness and expressiveness than knowing only one language.
Monday, January 16, 2006
Posted by ecophilo at 8:54 PM