02-NOV-2018: Department of Linguistics begins three-day symposium on 'Linguistics Across Disciplines'
Aligarh, November 2: The Department of Linguistics, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) today started a three-day symposium on 'Linguistics Across Disciplines' with an inaugural function at the Academic Staff College to commemorate its 50th year of existence.
Speaking on the occasion, AMU Vice Chancellor, Professor Tariq Mansoor elaborated on how AMU is a fertile ground for interdisciplinary research in various Indian and foreign languages. "We have a Department of Modern Indian Languages, which offers courses and research in Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Bengali, Marathi, Punjabi and Kashmiri and there are separate departments of Urdu and Hindi," said the Vice Chancellor adding that all these departments can collaborate and work together to produce the finest of interdisciplinary research.
He further said that there are many potentially endangered languages in India and with the dying of each dead language, a culture system is lost. Emphasising on a near extinct language spoken in only five villages of Andaman and Nicobar, Prof Mansoor said, "We need to create livelihood support for the speakers of the language so that nobody would want to switch from their language to any other language."
The Vice Chancellor spoke on necessity of investing in the development of regional languages to preserve India's multiculturalism through multilinguism. "Linguistic diversity has been an important aspect of multiculturalism that has been the defining characteristic of India through the ages," he said.
Prof Mansoor with the guests released Maithili Urdu, a book authored by Dr Mohammad Jahangeer Warsi (Associate Professor, Department of Linguistics), the Journal of Linguistics and a souvenir of the programme.
The Chief-Guest, Prof D G Rao, Director, Central Institute of Indian Languages (CIIL), Mysore delineated aims and objectives of CIIL. "CIIL advices and assists central and state governments in the matters of language, while contributing to the development of all Indian languages by creating content and corpus. There is a special focus on protecting and documenting minority and tribal language and promoting linguistic harmony," he said.
Introducing the symposium to the delegates, Prof S Imtiaz Hasnain, Chairman, Department of Linguistics said, "The boundary crossings between disciplines have challenged the foundations of individual fields while at the same time creating new domains of interdisciplinary inquiry that seems to render obsolete the familiar tools, concepts and epistemologies of traditional disciplines. It is hoped that the symposium will serve as interdisciplinary platform for addressing a range of issues that seem to exhibit the relevance of linguistics across disciplines."
Prof Masood Anwar Alvi, Dean, Faculty of Arts delivered the welcome address, while Prof Masood Ali Beg conducted the programme. Dr M J Warsi proposed the vote of thanks.
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Related PicturesProf D G Rao adrressing during Linguistics symposium
AMU VC Prof Tariq Mansoor releasing book authored by Dr M J Warsi