LANGUAGE, LITERATURE, FOLKLORE: COMMUNICATION AND COMMUNITY IDENTITY Language structurally as a system of signs used for communication (Ferdinand de Saussure) allows people to communicate with great exactitude. The Language and Communication group studies how people use language in specific discourse contexts, to share information with others, and to persuade or otherwise affect them.
Our overall goal is to understand how language is actually used when it is used effectively, and why. Literature also as a means of communication (Simone de Beauvoir) offers insight into other disciplines such as anthropology, history and psychology. Literary insights investigate “the ways in which ‘culture’ creates and transforms individual experiences, everyday life, social relations and power.” For this reason, interdisciplinary scholars often apply literary communication theory within a specific culture and time period. Communication or the transmission is a vital part of the folklore process. Without communicating these beliefs and customs within the group over space and time, they would become cultural shards relegated to cultural archaeologists or a historical event only. One individual or group actively transmits; communicate knowledge, worldviews, and their ritual in some form to another individual or group. Each of these is a defined role in the folklore process.
Language, Literature, and Folklore as expressive, communicative phenomenon of a given community expresses, constructs identities. Language as a social practice highlights identity, how language constructs and is constructed by a variety of relationships; and as a means of communication and because of the diverse positions and ongoing interlocution in social life, identity is theorized as multiple and horizontal implications. Like language, literature and folklore also the defining feature of a community’s identity. The shared values, customs, rituals narrated in written as well as oral tradition have a very strong influence on how a person behaves, thinks, and views the world.
The seminar will address the concept of the communicative dimension of language, literature as well as folklore and the role of community therein. It will also address how language, literature, and folklore help the community to establish their identity among students and scholars of language and literature as well as folklore studies.The seminar will broadly address the issues of linguistic, literary identity, ethnography of communication, the language in print and mass media, literary as well as verbal and non-verbal communication, community studies, identity discourse, and literary ethnography of the Odia language.