#TRADOS (The Rise And Decline Of Silence, August 02, 2014):

SynTalk thinks about Silence, and speculates whether it is fundamentally an ‘aspiration’. Is Silence ‘a permanent flow of meaning’? The concept of Silence manifests itself in physiological / neurological (auditory feedback loop, aphasia, dementia), linguistic (syntax, binary language), cultural, engineering (constraint layer damping, non-stationary sound), spiritual (higher consciousness), cybernetic and philosophical (‘Being’ and ‘Becoming’) terrains. The concepts are derived off / from Plato, Bhartrihari, Freud, Sri Aurobindo, Piaget, Lacan, Skinner and Chomsky, among others. We also discuss if it is possible to ‘get out of language’. How languages die like mountains and not buffaloes. Why is ‘what is not heard’ conceived as Silence, and what is the link with whales, bees & dogs? How different are the characteristics of machine sound? Is there a link between translation, ‘interpretation’, natural & artificial languages, and ‘meaning’? How does easeful acquisition of language work during infancy? Is there a universal grammar of spoken, written and ‘sign language’? What is the future of (abstract) thought, language and Silence? The SynTalkrs are: Prof. Ganesh Devy (linguistics, Bhasha Trust / Adivasi Academy, Vadodara), Alka Sapru-Joshi (psychology, Ali Yavar Jung Institute, Mumbai), & Prof. Dhanesh Manik (engineering / vibro-acoustics, IIT Bombay, Mumbai).

SynTalk is pleased and privileged to have hosted the following SynTalkrs (in alphabetical order) on its #TRADOS show.

Prof. Ganesh Devy (literature, linguistics) is a renowned author, literary critic and social activist. Presently, he is a professor at the Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology (DAIICT). He has been working extensively to preserve the linguistic diversity in India. He led and completed the People’s Linguistic Survey of India, a one-of-its-kind survey with the aim to document every living language in the country. He campaigned for the oral literary traditions of Adivasis and ‘denotified’ tribes in India which were being destroyed by the political imposition of scripts. In recognition of his efforts, he was awarded the Padma Shri in January 2014 and the Linguapax Prize in 2011. He is the Founder of the Adivasi Academy and the Bhasha Research Centre. Prof. Devy has authored books in Marathi, Gujarati and English. He won India’s prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award in 1994 for ‘After Amnesia’.

Alka Sapru-Joshi (psychology) works in the field of clinical, medical and social psychology. However, she specializes in clinical psychology which is concerned with the treatment of mental illness and behavioural problems. She also specializes in rehabilitation counselling for hearing impairment and communication disorders. For over 30 years, she is associated with the ‘Ali Yavar Jung National Institute For The Hearing Handicapped’ in Mumbai. She is the Reader and Head of Department of Clinical Psychology at the Institute. She undertakes clinical work on psycho diagnostics and psycho therapy. She teaches undergraduate and postgraduate programs on audiology and speech pathology. She is also responsible for drafting course contents, conceptualizing and executing continuing education programs and preparing awareness material through research.

Prof. Dhanesh Manik (physics, engineering) specializes in the field of acoustics. He has extensively researched into vibro acoustics and random vibration that explain the phenomenon of noise generation and its reduction. Vibro-acoustics is extensively used to design quieter machines or reduce noise in aerospace vehicles, ships, submarines, automobiles and machines. Based on his research experience and interaction with the industry, Prof. Manik has conducted several training programmes and designed courses to impart knowledge to engineers in the field of vibration and noise. He has co-authored the book ‘Doebelin’s Measurement System, which is widely used in many universities in India. He has also authored the book ‘Control Systems’ for undergraduate engineering students. Presently, Prof. Manik is an Professor in the department of mechanical engineering at the IIT Bombay, Mumbai.

Note: Any & all errors in the brief profiles above are SynTalk’s own.

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