Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2006 15:40:02 -0000
From: "Phil Boswell" <phil.boswell(a)gmail.com>
Subject: Re: [Wikipedia-l] Request for Marwari language Wikipedia
"GerardM" <gerard.meijssen(a)gmail.com> wrote in
On 2/16/06, Phil Boswell
> "Jonathan & Kendra Dailey"
> <jonathan-kendra_dailey(a)sall.com> wrote in message
> > Marwari is spoken by over 13 million people in India, Pakistan, and
> > Nepal.
> > It is related to Hindi but it is a distinct language with a long
> > year)
> > written history and has a great amount of worldwide Diaspora.
> > How do we get this started?
> This would be the language you mean?
> It would appear from this and the article on Hindi that it is
many to be a dialect of the latter. If this is untrue, then those
need to be updated :-)
According to Ethnologue:
Marwari is seen
as a cluster of languages not as a single language.
Sometimes these things are not simple.. :(
Maybe the reference is to the language:
rather than the family: they have the same name.
[JD:] In the interest of full disclosure, I am an SIL linguist working in
this language (rwr, Marwari). I am hoping to use Wikipedia (along with
other online resources) as a medium for language development activities.
For instance, it helps mother tongue speakers to learn to write, edit, and
hone their written language skills.
I do mean the language not the cluster. The cluster has more like 30+
million speakers. Marwari would be the largest with, depending on how you
slice the pie, between 13 and 19 million speakers.
It has a low lexical similarity with Hindi. My own research has shown urban
speakers have "more Hindi" than rural speakers but the similarity is near