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Re: [WMASTERS] Selvaa's suggestions
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I asked a few questions and I've retained only relevant parts of
your answer. You've brought in many other issues which are
no doubt interesting but they open up a can of worms.
Based on your answer, Prof. Schiffman, I think, you had stated
and continue to make statements, not permitted by your data.
* C.R.(Selva) Selvakumar wrote:
*> Having explained my viewpoint, hopefully better,
*> now I want to know why
*> you believe in 'purism' of mythology and not 'purism' of language?
*> [ may be the basis for this 'mythology', as you put it, is
*> based on incorrect observations, but is your claim of
*> 'pure' mythology based on some firm ground, if I may ask ?
*> Just curious.]
*that will destroy the language. There is no proof to this contention; I
*do not have statistics on the failure of puristic movements, but the most
*>  You claim that empirical study shows that purism is 'in general'
*> counter-productive ( of what ?) and it leads to abandonment
*> of the language in more cases than not. Please tell me how
*> many cases have been studied. Why in some cases such abandonment
*> did not take place ( as your statement says) ?
*The only case I know of where revival and purism have worked is with
*modern Israeli Hebrew, and that because it was an immigrant society (in
*> Does it not proof-enough that 'purism' itself does not cause
*So Israel is only one case; I don't see Tamilnadu as another Israel,
*bucking the world trend on this. The problem with purism is that my
*arguments (99% of cases fail, l% succeeds) are likely to be taken as proof
Here again you're making a statement I have much trouble accepting.
 You have not got a large enough sample to make
such asserion, as I understand. Feel free to correct me.
 The case of Hebrew is not, I think, 'purism' but a revival
of a dead language which has no relation to the case of
Tamil. Tamil has had a continuous life of great intensity
and variety ( as seen by epigraphical evidences and available
manuscripts). Your comparison seems ill-founded, as I see it.
*that if ONE can do it, SO CAN TAMIL. I don't believe this, but as I said
*earlier, we are not dealing with rationality here, we are dealing with
*> ( I'm not advocating 'purism', only trying to understand your
*> citation of empirical study). How was it proved
*> that it was the 'purism' that caused abandonment and not other
*> causes (say like migration, religious conversions, abandonment
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