Telugu Bhasha Aavirbhaavamu
For several decades, a question has been lingering in my mind. It is about the chronological reconstruction of how Telugu language (not lipi) evolved, and I gave a title to that as ‘Telugu Bhasha Aavirbhaavamu.’
Of course, I haven’t come across any such piece so far.
Infact, when I was an editorial board member for the WTFC (World Telugu Federation Conference) held in Singapore in 2001 or so, I requested Dr Madugula Nagaphani Sarma garu to write an article for us. He was kind to write an essay praising the beauty of the language. I also remember that he mentioned to me he is only a poet, not a linguist.
Many a time I thought of posting this request to RB group whether any such work is done, and I will be very excited to read.
My axioms are that
– Telugu is much older than the oldest script (Telugu Lipi) we know of;
– There shall have existed poetry much before Nannayya;
– There shall have existed prose much before that poetry;
– There shall have existed geyalu (songs) much before that prose;
– There shall be a period of Telugu which we cannot deciper just with our current day known grammar
– The reason being, grammar itself would have developed, refined, codified much after a wide spread use of Telugu, could be words, sentences, phrases, songs, and other poetic forms.
Many times I am surprised to see similar sounding words in even Australian Aboriginal words and I think I have seen the letter ‘ra’ is exactly similar between Telugu and Sinhalese.