1. Why we prefer easier ‘Hindi’ over complicated ‘Sanskrit’ language

Why we prefer easier ‘Hindi’ over complicated ‘Sanskrit’ language

Though derived from the same script, we tend to opt for much easier Hindi language than Sanskrit, and scientists now explain why.

By: | Updated: August 14, 2015 5:15 PM

Though derived from the same script, we tend to opt for much easier Hindi language than Sanskrit, and scientists now explain why.

The new study, where researchers conducted statistical analyses of the case systems in more than 600 languages and recorded the changes over time, suggests that the human brain eventually chooses easier grammar routes over difficult ones.

They tested these adaptations experimentally in test subjects, measuring the brain flows that become active during language comprehension, and were hence able to demonstrate that the brain activity was stronger for complex case constructions than for simple ones.

Balthasar Bicke of the University of Zurich said that certain case constructions tax the brain more, which was why they were eventually omitted from languages all over the world – independently of the structural properties of the languages or socio-historical factors.

He added that their findings paved the way for further studies on the origin and development of human language and a better understanding of speech disorders.

The study is published in the journal PLOS ONE.

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    Ashwini
    Aug 15, 2015 at 3:22 am
    Well, I dont think we can compare sanskrit and hindi for its preferrability. If Sanskrit had been 'difficult and complex' language, it could never have become the mother of so many languages. As we all know preferrability of a language always has its social, political and historical reasons. The scientific and 'easy to learn' essance of Sanskrit are the main reasons for why it is still not 'extinct'. I think the researcher should have deep insight of all these factors before concluding.
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      GM Reddy
      Aug 15, 2015 at 1:42 am
      All Indian languages have some common some sanskrit words and so feel an affinity for that language especially several simple slokas are in common use. So it is best acceptable as a national language of India with out much resistance like for Hindi. More over Hindi has the oddity of treating several words as feminine which is difficult for others to master.
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        James
        Aug 15, 2015 at 5:16 am
        Point of article? Humans like easier things over harder things? They also like sugar and salt in everything. Sanskrit is learned to improve the mind and heart. ..often that takes more than the easy way out. Communication is for ease, granted, and that explains why people speak one language on the streets (easy Hindi) and one language in the clroom (complex Hindi, which is like Sanskrit)
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          Naresh
          Aug 15, 2015 at 3:03 am
          Just as much as Sanskrit words in many other languages , it has also has borrowed words from other languages. The idea of a national language is sheer madness. What is 'national' about any language ?
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            nrponugoti
            Aug 15, 2015 at 3:46 pm
            Nonsensical article, if what is said is correct how come much more complicated languages like Telugu, Kannada originated from far simpler Tamil((Dravida). Sames goes for many European languages originating from Latin. Spoken Sanskrit has much simpler grammar than many languages that started from it.
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              Reign
              Aug 15, 2015 at 4:04 am
              Who writes these articles? What a ridiculous statement: "Though derived from the same script, we tend to opt for much easier Hindi language than Sanskrit, and scientists now explain why." Derived from the same script?? Since when was language derived from a script?
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                Sadasivan
                Aug 14, 2015 at 5:38 pm
                Hindi,which is a form Prakrit,is used by the general potion.
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                  Sadasivan
                  Aug 14, 2015 at 5:38 pm
                  Many Sutras,in Samskrit will make you wonder,as the tradition of teaching was Oral.hence brevity was the key.. Samskrit was used by the "high Cl" and the intellectuals. Hindi,which is a form Prakrit,is used by the general potion.
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                    Sadasivan
                    Aug 14, 2015 at 5:39 pm
                    Samskrit is actually a very easy language.Once you learn,ANYTHING becomes,easy,The same is the case with SAMSKRIT. Many Sutras,in Samskrit will make you wonder,as the tradition of teaching was Oral.hence brevity was the key..
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                      Sadasivan
                      Aug 14, 2015 at 5:38 pm
                      Samskrit is actually a very easy language.Once you learn,ANYTHING becomes,easy,The same is the case with SAMSKRIT. Many Sutras,in Samskrit will make you wonder,as the tradition of teaching was Oral.hence brevity was the key.. Hindi,which is a form Prakrit,is used by the general potion.
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                        Sadasivan
                        Aug 14, 2015 at 5:39 pm
                        Samskrit is actually a very easy language.Once you learn,ANYTHING becomes,easy,The same is the case with SAMSKRIT. Many Sutras,in Samskrit will make you wonder,as the tradition of teaching was Oral.hence brevity was the key.. Samskrit was used by the "high Cl" and the intellectuals.
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                          Sadasivan
                          Aug 14, 2015 at 5:38 pm
                          Samskrit is actually a very easy language.Once you learn,ANYTHING becomes,easy,The same is the case with SAMSKRIT. Many Sutras,in Samskrit will make you wonder,as the tradition of teaching was Oral.hence brevity was the key.. Samskrit was used by the "high Cl" and the intellectuals. Hindi,which is a form Prakrit,is used by the general potion.
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                            Sadasivan
                            Aug 14, 2015 at 5:43 pm
                            if one uses Samskrit from Childhood as some parents in India have done to their Children,it will be easier.It is merely getting accustomed to.
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                              Sadasivan
                              Aug 14, 2015 at 5:36 pm
                              Samskrit is actually a very easy language.Once you learn,ANYTHING becomes,The same is the case with SAMSKRIT. Samskrit was used by the "high Cl" and the intellectuals. Hindi,which is a form Prakrit,is used by the general potion.
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                                Sadasivan
                                Aug 14, 2015 at 5:36 pm
                                Samskrit is actually a very easy language.Once you learn,ANYTHING becomes,easy,The same is the case with SAMSKRIT. Samskrit was used by the "high Cl" and the intellectuals. Hindi,which is a form Prakrit,is used by the general potion.
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