December 03, 2009

British School Makes Sanskrit Compulsory

"This is the most perfect and logical language in the world, the only one that is not named after the people who speak it. Indeed the word itself means 'perfected language." --Warwick Jessup, Head, Head, Sanskrit department

"The Devnagri script and spoken Sanskrit are two of the best ways for a child to overcome stiffness of fingers and the tongue," says Moss. "Today's European languages do not use many parts of the tongue and mouth while speaking or many finger movements while writing, whereas Sanskrit helps immensely to develop cerebral dexterity through its phonetics." /A-British- School-Makes- Sanskrit- Compulsory

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

OK. And in that wonderfully pragmatic American retort: "So what's your point?"

Are you popularising an idea well-known in linguistics? Or are you only allowed to accept statements as facts, after they have received some kind of orientalising endorsement.

In your next article, perhaps you could lavish praise on Oxford University for the sheer size of her library devoted to India, rather than to consider for what ends such learning is used.

And in the meantime, have you heard of Edward Said?