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Drogon3106
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Request for Sanskrit language course

Post by Drogon3106 »

Sanskrit, a holy and ancient language, has many present day uses:

  1. Programming language basis: The influence of Sanskrit on linguistics, particularly its grammatical structure, has led to discussions on its potential relevance in designing efficient programming languages. It is also argued that studying Sanskrit can enhance logical thinking and linguistic skills, which could indirectly benefit programming.

  2. Academic and Research Purposes: Scholars and researchers study Sanskrit to explore ancient texts, philosophy, linguistics, and classical literature. It provides insights into India's cultural and intellectual history.

  3. Ayurveda and Yoga: Many foundational texts of Ayurveda (traditional Indian medicine) and Yoga are written in Sanskrit. Knowledge of Sanskrit can deepen understanding in these fields.

  4. Cultural Preservation: Sanskrit is integral to preserving India's cultural identity. Efforts are made to document, teach, and promote Sanskrit to ensure its continued existence.

  5. Mantras and Chants: Sanskrit mantras and chants are used in meditation, yoga, and spiritual practices worldwide. The resonance and phonetics of Sanskrit are believed to have positive effects on the mind.

  6. Liturgical Language: Sanskrit is still used as a liturgical language in various Hindu rituals, ceremonies, and religious chants.

While not a widely spoken language in everyday communication, Sanskrit's influence persists in various domains, reflecting its enduring cultural and historical significance. Your course on Latin is as celebrated as your actions on implementing this language would be, with relevance in many Hindu, Sikh and Buddhist countries and diaspora.

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gmads
Mexico

Re: Request for Sanskrit language course

Post by gmads »

Drogon3106 wrote: Mon Feb 12, 2024 11:16 am

Sanskrit, a holy and ancient language, has many present day uses:

  1. Programming language basis: The influence of Sanskrit on linguistics, particularly its grammatical structure, has led to discussions on its potential relevance in designing efficient programming languages. It is also argued that studying Sanskrit can enhance logical thinking and linguistic skills, which could indirectly benefit programming.

What has one thing to do with the other?

Sanskrit is a natural language used for communicating verbally or in written form.

Programing languages (e.g. LISP, FORTRAN, Java, PHP) are artificial languages that use keywords written in a natural language, like English, for example: { goto, for, next }, but that is only coincidental. One would only need to rewrite the compiler for them (the keywords or commands) to be written in whatever natural language one would desire (e.g. Sanskrit, German, Russian). This, however, would not mean that one is then programming in that natural language! One programms in Assembler, not in English; in Prolog, not in English; in Python, not in English…

The grammatical structure of a natural language has naturally developed to fulfill the role of communicating between persons, never to express logical and structured thinking, a role best fulfilled by artificial languages. That is exactly the reason there are so many and varied programming languages, because each one was designed with a specific goal in mind. For example, FORTRAN (FORmula TRANslation) was developed to solve scientific problems; COBOL (Commom Business-Oriented Language), was designed for administrative and business problems; BASIC (Beginner's All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code), for very simple programs; LISP (LISt Processing), to calculate with symbolic expressions; C++ for object oriented programming, and so on (and let's not get into esoteric languages like Brainf__k 😂).

Since we are talking about apples and oranges, there's no "potential relevance in designing efficient programming languages" by using one natural language over another because they are only used to label commands, keywords, identifiers, programming structures, etc. What "advantage" would be gained by writing the following brief code in Spanish, Sanskrit or any other natural language?

print 'Enter your name'
input name
for i = 1 to 3
print 'Hello '; name
next i
end

None.

Regarding the "It is also argued that studying Sanskrit can enhance logical thinking and linguistic skills, which could indirectly benefit programming," I'd say: 1) whoever argues that doesn't seem to be very knowledgeable about programming languages; and, 2) it would be best to teach whatever needs to be taught to directly improve programming skills, like logic, structured thinking, problem solving, etc, not a natural language.

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fremanolas

Re: Request for Sanskrit language course

Post by fremanolas »

Drogon3106 wrote: Mon Feb 12, 2024 11:16 am

Your course on Latin is as celebrated as your actions on implementing this language would be, with relevance in many Hindu, Sikh and Buddhist countries and diaspora.

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