The Conflict of Languages, Dialects and Lingos


The Holy nation of India comprises of 28 states – “always on the risk of increasing this number”, 18 regional languages and nobody clearly knows how many dialects. After every few kilometers you gasp if you have entered a new zone. And it becomes worse when you cross the borders and then continents. The fact is that everywhere the same problem of dialects persists. The ones with the rustic touch, the ones with the suave urban touch, the vernaculars, the usage of same words in different contexts, the pronunciation, etc. make it so complex that you wonder at times what to speak, what is right and what is wrong. This is the reason that today we have languages like Hinglish, Tanglish, etc. After all you all would have listened to “Why this Kolaveri Di” by now.

The tale of these melodious and tongue twisting conflicts doesn’t ends here. With the advent of technology and rise of chat rooms and messengers, languages have become even more complicated. While our generation can still at times understand the meaning of these chats, the older generations find it equivalent to Latin or Greek. “Heya, wazza?? How abt meetin up 2nite at 9 at d disc down d lane of MG Road? Ya sure..ll catch yo tr…..” . This is the kind of language I experienced one day when I just happened to look into the chat of a youngster sitting on the next system in the cyber café. He must have been around 17 or at the most 19 years of age. So I came back home and asked my younger brother about the new chat lingos and symbols and emoticons that his generation use. I was awestruck. I realized that my brothers generation use more emoticons and less alphabets. Even in the chat conversation that I saw i hardly remember seeing any complete words except for the proper nouns.

I guess if you ask todays teenagers to write an essay they would finish it off in a page or so whereas we would take at least 4 to 5. Nice way to Go Green, I would say. Well jokes apart, the question I have been asking myself is does it really make difference as to the language people use while chatting or how people speak or how they write? Honestly speaking, I think it does make a difference. If not instantly but by the process of evolution, it would bring a tremendous change in our lives. If you look back in history you will find that all the changes that humans have experienced have happened slowly over long periods of time, creating a situation that by the time we notice the change , we are left with no other option but to accept it.

The main problem with this confusion and conundrum of languages, dialects and lingos is that it creates unnecessary strain on the brain for processing the same thing in multiple mutually exclusive ways. One for the casual chat with the friend, one for the formal conversation at our workplaces and one for the language that we normally speak in. This problem so far as I know is experienced maximum with the English language. This because it is the internationally accepted language for communication. So it is influenced by the most number of vernaculars and regional touches.

Dialects and lingos also cause problems for people to comprehend the same thing because the same words can be  used in a completely different ways. It is a natural tendency for our brain to put the words out of mouth onto the paper, as in most of the time people write in exactly the same way as they would speak. This problem, I would say will affect the students in their education. Youngsters while find it difficult to balance their informal and formal lifves. They will also find it difficult to connect to the older generations. However if we feel that for us to survive in this fast paced world, we just have to catch up with this new dialects and lingos then I would recommend that we all are judicial is what words we use. It would help us catching up the speed as well as preserving the sanctity of our languages.

Karanvir Gupta