Sunday, March 23, 2008

I am trying to make a complicated argument about language. The one difficulty here is that how is one to really know? What language means to one person, leave alone a whole population? What is the hierarchy of language in the head or in practice or in value systems?

For example, I
(1) Think in English
(2) Swear in Hindi, English, Tamil, Marathi and Punjabi
(3) Prefer metaphors in Hindi
(4) Love poetry in Urdu, Hindi and English
(5) Find war songs most appealing in Marathi
(6) Throw tantrums in Tamil
(7) Find it easiest to express myself in English

How then does one talk about language as cultural capital? What culture? And capital in what context?

So, am glued to the desk and downing coffee at the rate of a pod a minute and listening to loud Hindi music.

On the playlist
1) Baadal, Yuva
2) Ahista Ahista, Swades
3) Ek Nazar Mein Bhi, Taxi No.9211
4) Rut Aa Gayee Re, Earth 1947
5) Fanaa, Yuva
6) Baadalon Ke Paar Koi, Rockford
7) Khoya Khoya Chand

Breakthrough, epiphany, possibility...all round the next corner...


shrik said...

You need also be fluent in Javascript and Klingon...

Matto said...

Not elven?