Thanks to Don Osbom for comments.
My website www.mngogate.com
article E04 accepts that the Roman script
is not a new concept for Indic languages.
Its status would be optional and not as
the main script of any Indic language.
Local scripts have many merits too. But
see the case for Roman lipi in E04 and
see article E14 Impact of English on
Marathi. Galloping population, galloping
prices, galloping importance of English
have re-generated interest in Roman lipi.
-- Madhukar N Gogate
----- Original Message -----
From: Don Osborn
Sent: Thursday, May 19, 2005 10:02 AM
Subject: [M_L] Re: future of english and indian languages
Thank you for this poating which raises at least a couple of
interesting issuesL 1) the evolution of English, and in particular
its transcription, as an international (and possibly the
international auxiliary) language - though this is a bit off-topic
for this group, and 2) the importance of ICT tools for work in
The latter is a topic that bears more consideration as we look at
literacy and ICT (Information and communication technologies) in
multilingual societies. Computer systems are evolving to accommodate
diverse languages and scripts, including input methods (the gist of
your letter as I understand it), fonts, rendering, and even software
As use of ICT for literacy becomes more important, there will need to
be more attention to maximizing use of the multilingual capacities of
systems to meet the needs of the people and of education. Where
different scripts are involved, such as in India, this is part of the
issue. However it is not new, as technicians in a range of countries
especially across Asia have dealt with it for years.
Although this gets beyond the group topic also, the future of the
Western computer keyboard is an interesting question - should input
focus on adaptations of that, new keyboards, or other kinds of
hardware/software (from speech-to-text to graphics tablets etc.).
--- In Multilingual_Literacy@yahoogroups.com, "Madhukar N. Gogate"
> I want India to rise so that the whole world may
> benefit -- Mahatma Gandhi. Will India help the
> Spelling Reform process, with love & gratitude
> to English language, which has benefitted India ?