Academic Writing

Topics: Linguistics, Second language, Writing Pages: 3 (846 words) Published: April 10, 2015
Himanshu Shekhar
Prof. Kashyap
Academic Writing

Is Bilingualism an advantage?
Ramchandran Guha and Ananthamurthy explore bilingualism in India with their scholarly articles. They argue on bilingualism with two different perspectives, giving us the broader picture about the topic of different times and different places. When we talk about bilingualism India is always a first stop, this is fact is established by the articles of Guha and Ananthamurthy. Where Anathamurhty is using a personal experience where as Guha is also trying to explain it with his nearby surroundings with historical and personal views as well. Bilingualism is something which is a need of society but addition of an acquisitional language should not lead to a loss of first language. Being bilingulism in India is common. In the rise and fall of bilingualism intellectual’s, Guha argues that early and mid 20th century Indian intellectuals –people like Tagore, Ghandhi, Ambedkar,Anatha Murthy and R K Narayan were effortlessly bilingual. Almost all of them wrote extensively in both English and their native languages depending on the context and intended audiences. Even Anatha Murthy in his essay, in a way he explores the importance of English and how the English has became the language of elite as earlier it was Sanskrit in India. Anathamurthy argues that English brings technological western civilization with it self, which is more powerful. He also argues that because of English regional languages are almost disappearing but still in India due to illiteracy the regional languages has somehow survived and also because of cultural dominance. Therefore, languages strengths lies equally in oral and literary traditions. Once Ludwig Wittgenstein , a philosopher said “the limits of my language mean the limits of my world”. I believe that by he meant that, the more words there are the wider perspective we have. When we are exposed of different we learn...
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