Sanskrit as a language competed with numerous, less exact vernacular Indian languages called Prakritic languages . The term prakrta literally means "original, natural, normal, artless", states Franklin Southworth. The relationship between Prakrit and Sanskrit is found in Indian texts dated to the 1st millennium CE. Patañjali acknowledged that Prakrit is the first language, one instinctively adopted by every child with all its imperfections and later leads to the problems of interpretation and misunderstanding. The purifying structure of the Sanskrit language removes these imperfections.
Greetings from the School of Languages and Literatures!
We believe that academic experiences can be joyful.
Reading and writing are the means by which we begin asking ourselves who we are. They are also the means by which we begin to know the many worlds around us. The joy of learning moves us in these moments of discovery.
The philosopher William James spoke of the experience of metanoia, a heartfelt understanding, a transformation from within. Every language class carries within it the potential to transform you for life, and that is why we take languages seriously at SJU.
St Joseph’s thus offers each of you an abundant joy in learning.
Seize this opportunity!
Dr Arul Mani
Dean, School of Languages & Literatures
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