Re: The great Michael Everson (was: Reformed Latin-script writing...)
|From:||LIJESH KRISHNAN <lijesh@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, May 7, 2000, 9:22|
> > > Konkani, one of the official languages of India, spoken in the state
> > of Goa,
> > > and by ethnic Konkani Brahmins everywhere, has no script.
> It uses several scripts, I believe. Also has variant dialects.
Yes, but not its own. Konkani's usually make do with the script of the state
where they live ie Devanagri, Malayalam or Kannada
> > Konkani is a Dravidian language, right?
> No. It is IndoEuropean.
Yes it is. The only sentence I know in it (and the first one I learn in any
tujheri ishtam tha. (I love you)
In Hindi a similiar form would be Mujhe tujhse pyaar hai
His family's probably been in Kerala for sometime now, hence words like
ishtam. He told me that when his family goes to Goa, where presumably _real_
Konkani continues to be spoken, he can't understand a word. So there
certainly are many dialects.
> A form of script similar to Marathi is, I believe,
> the most widely used.
Marathi uses Devanagri.
> What about a form of Grantha script?
I really don't see it happening. Konkani's are scattered all over South and
West India. The only scripts with any sort of future would be Devanagri or
Roman. In fact I just read that 16th century translations of the
Mahabharatha and Ramayana are preserved in Roman.
> > And we got ENOUGH languages written in Latin script
> > already.(the thought of writing Abkhaz or Kung in Latin script really
> > scares me, and I thought Vietnamese was troublesome enough...)
> > Danny
Yes, whenever I sit down to write some sort of transliterating scheme for
Malayalam, or even Hindi, I usually end up screaming in exasperation.
But aside from that, there is a sort of informal scheme used for Hindi,
around the country, usually for names of films. I could probably write a
Hindi letter in Roman quite easily. In fact, Nehru in his Autobiography
says that once he sent out invitations written entirely in Roman. It was he
says, for a change and to see what the reaction would be. I suspect it was
also to take a neutral stand in the battle between Devanagri and the Arabic
script used for Hindustani at that time. Anyway, everyone fell on him like a
ton of bricks and he ended up writing that he wasn't for it, and that an
unbridgeable gap would be created between modern and earlier literature.