March 4, 2012

Article: Sanskrit Makes a Comeback, Thanks to Wikipedia Community


Sanskrit makes a comeback, thanks to Wikipedia community
by Vineet Gill
February 24, 2012

Acclaimed author and linguist Umberto Eco once compared languages to biological creatures. A language, he said, follows an organic lifespan - it is born, it grows old, and it passes away. If the analogy holds, then Sanskrit, one of the most ancient of tongues which originated in India, seems to be living the last of its grizzled and decrepit years.

There has been talk of declaring it a dead language, and some believe that it is only a matter of time before this language too goes the way of ancient Greek and Latin. But this is likely only if the labour and constant endeavours of the Sanskrit community - a body comprising scholars and students of the language present in Gurgaon and other parts of the country - fail to bear fruit.

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