19-MAR-2016: 'The beauty of a language is found only in its Literature', said Professor Shamim Hanafi, Professor Emeritus, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. He was addressing the National Seminar on 'Meaning of Meaninglessness: Translating Fiction; Text, Co-Text and Context', organized by Department of Linguistics, Aligarh Muslim University, in collaboration with Systematic Functional Linguistics Association under DRS-SAP II. The Seminar was dedicated to noted linguist Professor Ruqaiya Hasan.
Professor Hanafi said that the meaning of a word is based on the context in which it has been used. He pointed out that the meaning of a word could only be understood after going through its cultural and social contexts also. Professor Hanafi said that the human nature is very complex to perceive as it always seek to reach to that meaning of a word, which it desire to. He threw light on the various characters of Sadat Hasan Manto's "Toba Tek Singh" and said that the dialogues used in it appear to be meaningless to a layman but they actually have meaning.
Professor Anjani K Sinha, Delhi University informed that some meaningless words are used only to emphasize the meaning of the related sentence. Professor Sinha pointed out that some words, in isolation, appear to be meaningless but become meaningful when used in context.
Professor ON Koul, former Director, CIIL enlightened the audience with a brief description of the life and contributions of Professor Ruqaiya Hasan.
Professor Shabana Hameed, Chairperson, Department of Linguistics, AMU welcomed the guests.
Professor AR Fatihi, Coordinator, DRS-SAP II pointed out a variety of situations relating to the theme of the seminar. He said that meaningless words have, since long, been used by politicians, scholars, advertisers, etc.
Dr Nazrin B Lashkar, Department of Linguistics conducted the program whereas the Professor KS Mustafa proposed the vote of thanks.
During the program, Abhishek Sarkar, Anam Fatima and Maryam Tariq Usmani, Dr Aejaz Mohammad Sheikh and Humaira M Afridi presented their research papers.
A short documentary on the academic works of Professor Ruqaiya Hasan was also shown during the program.