G.Paul Abraham M.A.
Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
National Institute of Technology
Language has been a concern of many, linguists and non-linguists alike. Walker Percy, a postmodern American novelist and nonfiction writer, has had a consistent interest on language throughout his life. Though a nonspecialist, his analytical essays display a keen insight and deep understanding of the unique human capacity to use language. This article purports to deal with Percy’s concepts on language phenomenon in his seminal essay “Delta Factor.” Because in this essay Percy talks about the language phenomenon and explains and establishes its peculiar state. He dispels various misconceptions gathered around the issue of language over the years and tries to establish that man’s unique ability to symbolize makes him quantitatively different from all the other living creatures. His difficult style and content make his essays inaccessible to many. So the present article approaches him in an explicative way and tries to underline his unique views on language. Incidentally, it calls to notice the much delayed attention that Walker Percy, the nonfiction writer, deserves amid the postmodern intellectuals.