Journal of
Languages and Culture

  • Abbreviation: J. Lang. Cult.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-6540
  • DOI: 10.5897/JLC
  • Start Year: 2010
  • Published Articles: 132


Noam Chomsky’s ‘stimulus-free language’: A pedestal of mantric poetry

Nikhil Kumar
  • Nikhil Kumar
  • Department of English, V.K.S. University, Arrah (Bihar) 802301, India.
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  •  Received: 28 August 2023
  •  Accepted: 30 October 2023
  •  Published: 30 November 2023


Noam Chomsky’s vision of ‘stimulus-free language’ is an evolutionary ascent of language. It is for the reason that it reveals the existence of stimulus free mind which is an evolved state of mind, the state which emerges as a result of undertaking the yoga of, what Sri Aurobindo terms, ‘psychicisation’. Chomsky’s vision of stimulus free language as an instrument of thought reveals the two planes of language, the one which is under the stimulus control and the other which transcends the gravitational pull of the stimulus. They reveal their corresponding planes of mind, the plane which is under the stimulus control and the plane which is beyond the stimulus control. As a result of the existence of the plane of mind which is beyond stimulus control, the plane of stimulus free language comes into existence. Such revelation makes the realms of language and linguistics transcends the plane of corporeality. After examining the stimulus free language and the corresponding plane of mind in the light of Sri Aurobindo’s ‘integral yoga’ and the consequent triple transformation of human consciousness, such language comes to be the outcome of, what he terms, ‘psychicised mind’ of man, the mind which comes to be stimulus free, emerged as a result of what Sri Aurobindo terms, ‘psychicisation’ or ‘psychic’ transformation of the being of man. Psychicisation takes place as a result of undertaking the yoga of psychicisation, the yoga which comes within the domain of the ‘integral yoga’. The language of the psychicised being of man, the stimulus free language, comes to be the pedestal of, what Sri Aurobindo calls, ‘Mantra’, or Mantric poetry. 


Key words: Stimulus-free language, psychicised mind, mantra, mantric poetry, spiritual consciousness, supramental consciousness.