A Psycholinguistic Language

A Psycholinguistic language has a natural ability to impact the Mind, although it may not have the immediate viral spread of spontaneously generated Memes.

Although mere (concerted) thinking has its impact on the nervous system, the effects are more obvious when we have the physical impact of sound vibrations, such as through music or spoken language.

Sanskrit & Tamil, the two platform languages of the Indic Civilization qualify as Psycholinguistic languages.

A Bhāsha

Bhāsha in Sanskrit, or Bāshai/Mozhi in Tamil, is a term for any spoken language, and particularly one with Psycholinguistic properties.

There are three essential attributes of any Bhāsha:

  • A corpus of Root Sounds

  • A Generative Grammar

  • A highly-inflected Grammar

Corpus of Root Sounds

A corpus of Root Sounds is a lexicon of “atomic” words that have some meaning, and because of their minimalistic nature, has survived millennia so they form the core language constructs.

  • This forms the basis of Etymology, trying to figure out meanings of modern words from their components.

    • for example, Gene, General, Generate, Genius in English, and similar words in Sanskrit such as Janani, Jana, Janma, all stem from the same root sound that carries in it the source of all Life, and how it gets expressed or organized.

  • Etymology is a fascinating study into how historical cultures could have evolved

    • but is far from precise, as we need to study historical development from many angles to ensure we have the correct picture, such as using genetics, archaeology, astronomy, literature.

    • Any claims to historicity of language merely relying on probable word sound derivations should be considered pseudo-scientific babble unless corroborated with all these other metrics, but it sure makes for fascinating storytelling.

  • From the perspective of Psycholinguistics what is additionally important is that many of these sounds have a resonant quality when articulated or heard:

    • In English this quality is called Onomatopoeia, in words like rustle, shiver, thud, where the sounds carry the quality of the meaning itself.

    • In Sanskrit surely Om, at the start of all Creation, qualifies.

    • As they are sounded out in our heads they bounce around, kind of like Hip-Hop for the Mind, and activate something deep within our neural circuitry.

  • Surely the most important property of this root sound model is object naming:

    • Root sounds are used as attributes of any object, e.g. a property of taking water from the “feet” can be used as a noun for the roots of a tree, or for a water pump.

    • This leads to having the ability to create an infinite dictionary of new words that can be created on demand, given just the root sound lexicon.

  • Avoiding fixed labeling of objects has interesting implications

    • There can be multiple names for an object depending on the perspective we wish to highlight in that context

    • In that sense, it promotes highly divergent thinking, and yet we can converge to meaning by creating a sentence and the context then determines the meaning of the words.

A Generative Grammar

A Generative Grammar is used to create perfectly formed words and phrases.

  • Most Grammars, such as in English are used to detect defects in malformed sentences, like we judge the imperfections of others around us, who are not as well formed as we would like them to be - ignoring our own imperfections!

  • But Generative Grammars are structured to create correctly formed words, phrases, and sentences right from the get go.

  • This has interesting parallels in comparative Religions too, where on the one side we are all “sinners”, and on this side we are all “divine” (hence Namaste).

A highly Inflected Model

In highly inflected languages the prepositions, adjectives, adverbs and any other qualifiers of nouns and verbs, and word phrases, are wired right into the word or phrase itself.

This technique allows these word phrases to be transposed around in a sentence and still maintain grammatical accuracy, and additionally allows for poetic impact because the sentence construction gives us fluidity.

Synthetic Psycholinguistics

Even if our daily languages are not inherently psycholinguistic, since not everyone is capable of chanting Sanskrit & Tamil precisely, our sonic experiences can be made psycholinguistic to some extent by means of Music of course.

Also, by merely analyzing the etymology of words this gives us a deep understanding, and hence embodied knowledge.

There is also a field called Cymatics that provides nice visuals of sounds, and combining that with Phonology - and then that gets a little too mystical, too quick, with sacred geometry, matrix speculation, etc., all indicative of “Physics envy”.

Utility

Psycholinguistic languages allow us to create profound knowledge bases where the meaning can be deeply embedded in the Mind. Such as through Mantra, or Sutras.

This is evident even in the Sciences, where for example, the Kerala school of Mathematics has made huge contributions to a generative approach for Mathematics formulating patterns from empirical evidence, and expressing these in Sanskrit poetry no less, versus the simplistic/axiomatic rules that are at the core of Greek models that mirrored God-given Laws from “up above”.