Announcement: Symposium on Kannada Linguistics and Education on Feb 7th

At Banavasi Balaga, we believe that education is crucial for development and that mother-tongue is the best medium of instruction. Hence, a correct study of Kannada as a language (the mother-tongue of Kannadigas), as well as the application of the learnings from that study to the Kannada-medium education system are the need of the hour.

Against this backdrop, Banavasi Balaga is organizing a Symposium on Kannada Linguistics and Education on 7/2/2010 in Bengaluru. Please note: This programme is for invitees only.

Background and objectives

In the last couple of decades, Kannada linguistics has undergone important changes. Many deep-rooted beliefs about the nature of Kannada have been subjected to scientific enquiry and a few proven as incorrect. It would not be an exaggeration to say that Kannada linguistics is now proceeding in a new direction – on a path bathed in the bright sunlight of science.

Importantly, grammarians have realized that it is unscientific to tweak the grammar of Sanskrit to try and fit it to Kannada. Instead, grammarians are now seeking to build a true grammar of Kannada. This true grammar of Kannada is not only an accurate-by-far description of Kannada, but also very easy to learn.

Similarly, linguists have now realized the unscientific nature of the now deep-rooted belief that new words can be added to Kannada only by coining them in Sanskrit. Instead, they are now understood the power of Ellarakannada (Everyone’s Kannada) as a source of new words. These words are not only easy to pronounce (for Kannadigas), but also easy to coin.

Also, research is being conducted on ways of improving the Kannada script in order to rid the language of spelling problems. Many linguists believe that a reformed Kannada script would help make teaching it to children easier.

While these scientific changes are happening in the field of Kannada linguistics, the Kannada-medium education system has almost entirely remained aloof from them. Hence, teachers and text-book writers are facing a lot of difficulty in teaching the nature of Kannada, in coining new terms of Science and Technology, as well as in teaching to write Kannada. Many linguists and educationists are of the opinion that these impediments are inhibiting the growth of the coverage and quality of education in the Kannada medium.

We believe that the need of the hour is for people from these two fields – linguistics and education – to come together and discuss ways of improving the status quo. Thus, the first and foremost objective of this Symposium is to arrange for some of the most important people in these two fields to get together under the same roof. Discussions need to happen about the output of research in linguistics and its application to education. Also, discussions need to happen about the changes which need to be made to the Kannada medium education system and the role of linguists therein. These discussions can help set priorities for future work in both fields. To make these discussions happen is the second objective of this Symposium. We have arranged four lectures from senior workers in this field.

Speakers and commentators

Speakers
  • Nadoja Dr. D. N. Shankar Bhat, Retd. Professor of linguistics, Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysore, Karnataka.
  • Dr. N. S. Raghunath, Retd. Head of the Department of English, Regional College of Education, Mysore, Karnataka.
  • Dr. K. V. Narayana, Retd. Professor of Kannada, Hampi Kannada University, Hampi, Karnataka.
  • Dr. S. N. Sridhar, Professor of linguistics, Linguistics Department. Stony Brook University, New York, USA.
Commentators
  • Dr. B. P. Hemananda, Senior Research Fellow, Dept. of Dravidian and Computational Linguistics, Dravidian University, Kuppam, Andhra Pradesh
  • Dr. Niranjan Uppoor, Research Fellow in Linguistics, IIT Kanpur, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh
  • Dr. V. B. Tarakeshwar, Professor and Head, Translations Department, English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
  • Dr. Panduranga Babu, Professor of Linguistics, Department of Kannada Language Studies, Hampi Kannada University, Hampi, Karnataka.
  • Smt. P. Bharati Devi, Kannada lecturer, Govt. Women’s Degree College, Mandya, Karnataka
  • Dr. Shivaram Padikkal, Professor, CALTS, Hyderabad University, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
  • Dr. C. S. Ramachandra, Professor of Linguistics, Department of Linguistics, Kuvempu Institute of Kannada Studies, and Director of Prasaranga, Mysore University, Mysore, Karnataka
  • Dr. P. Mahadevaiah, Reader in Linguistics, Hampi Kannada University, Hampi, Karnataka
  • Dr. Vikram Visaji, Kannada lecturer, Pre-University Center, Gulbarga University, Raichur, Karnataka
  • Sri. C. P. Nagaraj, Retd. Head of the department of Kannada, K M Doddi, Mandya, Karnataka
  • Dr. Mahabaleshwar Rao, Principal, TMA Pai College of Education, Kunjebettu, Udupi, Karnataka
  • Dr. D. Jagannatha Rao, Retd Director, DSERT, Bengaluru, Karnataka
  • Sri V. P. Niranjana Aradhya, Reader, National Law College, Bengaluru, Karnataka
  • Sri S. Sampangi, Retd. Director of Public Instruction, Bengaluru, Karnataka
  • Sri T. M. Kumar, Retd Director of Public Instruction, Bengaluru, Karnataka
We are happy to announce that the Dravidian University, Kuppam, Andhra Pradesh, as well as Bandara Prakashana, Maski, Karnataka are helping us organize this Symposium.

For further details, visit http://banavasibalaga.org/index_en.html

Please note: This programme is for invitees only

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