Alochona Chakra XXIII (pp. 129-160) Kolkata, R.N. 69543/87, 2006
Though, in the history of linguistic science, a continuity is assumed to consider General Grammar, Philology and Linguistics as a progressive development of study of language as object, there are epistemological breaks among General Grammar, Philology and Linguistics. And in Linguistics, there are three distinct thresholds: first initiated by Saussure, then Chomsky and the last one is Derrida’s Grammmatology. This conversational paper deals with the problems of executing linguistics as a “scientific” discipline in the so-called local context. One local academician, Debaprasad Bandyopadhyay was interviewed by Sibanshu Mukhopadhyay in his mother-tongue. The following topics were discussed. A. Psi-properties: Ideal speaker-hearer is a myth. LAD is always contaminated by outside sociality. It describes the correlation between empty linguistic organism and human malleability. Bandyopadhyay calls this interface as psi or psycho-social property. B. Archaeology: B1.Grammar: The discursive formation of Bangla Grammar follows the order of non-discursive form of social hierarchy, taxonomy and dividing practices and appropriation of grammatical discourse under the colonial rule in Bengal. B2. Folklore: Bandyopadhyay was discussing the illegitimacy of Folklore and Anthropology as these subjects reflect colonial pedagogy and they surrogate History and Sociology. B3. Bangla Language and Literature: This is primarily questioning on the origin birth genesis of a language Bangla, revealed in the discursive formation of subject, The History of Bangla Language and Literature, written in the colonial and post-colonial period. C. Computational Linguistics: The status of COMPUTATIONAL LINGUISTICS is questioned here from four perspectives: from the standpoints of (a) Philosophy of science, (b) Natural Science (mismatch between human Cognitive domain and machine algorithms) (c) Social Science (Plurilingual Planning), (d) Algocentricism (in contrast with post-formal subjective and substantive task of Linguistics).D. Language Movements: The main objectives of this discussion are:(a) To understand the nature of the language movements as either cohesive or divisive forces, or as self-deterministic forces aiming at socio-economic decentralization.(b) To understand the characteristics of movement-prone zones and linguistically deprived areas in the formation of nation state. E. Syntax: E1. ECP, Deletion and Trace-phenomena as proposed by Noam Chomsky are reinterpreted on the basis of Nyaya Vaisesika category “abhava” (absence). This reinterpretation helps to understand the semantico-pragmatic content of deletion-erasure phenomena. E2. VALENCY OF BANGLA VERB AND THE PROBLEM OF COMPOUNDING: This paper is on the Bangla verb type and especially on compound verbs, the selectional restrictions rule of which is discussed here. F. Word: To Bandyopadhyay, “word” is a culture-specific concept, which has only visual representation. If word is defined as a something (visual figure) in between two (white) spaces (grounds), the boundaries of word depend on the particular community’s way of manipulating blank spaces. G. Genetics: The symbolic sequences of the exons that make human proteins are subjected to methods of statistical linguistics. H. Anekanta Method: The Jaina anekantavada(theory of plural perspectives) as well as syadvada as the methodological standpoint occurs in the discussion. I. Silenceme: Bandyopadhyay proposes this term as the answer to the main topic of the discussion “What’s After Third Revolution in Linguistics?” following Wittgenstein and it is an inquiry into the domain of what is unspeakable and what is unspoken or non-discursive sonority. J. Bangla Intonation pattern: It tries to discuss about and to explore the intonation pattern.
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Keywords: Crippled Creativity, Psi-properties, Epistemological Amalgamation, allocurriculeme, triglossia, n-glossia, Anti-Grammar (=GrammEr), de-sign, de-sign-ate, de-sign-ation, Schrodinger’s cat problem in archaeology, Pendulum of transitivity scale, Algocentric Discourse, Electronic Capitalism, reverse