[Wikimediaindia-l] Update from translatewiki.net
sundarbecse at yahoo.com
Sun Mar 6 09:50:58 UTC 2011
Thanks to the translatewiki team for facilitating localisation efforts.
As for Saurashtra language, most of its speakers live in and around the cities of Madurai and Kumbakonam for several generations now.
They speak Saurashtra at home and Tamil outside. (In fact, a veteran Tamil playback singer T.M.Soundararajan was a Saurashtra speaker.)
So, I think the fallback language would be Tamil (although the speakers originally came from the eponymous region in today's Gujarat and the language's kernel is related to Gujarati and Marathi.)
Its autonym in Tamil would be "சௌராட்டிர மொழி" per Tamil Wiki article. In Saurashtra script, it is available as an image at http://www.sourashtra.info/daar.htm (the first word below the image of the person is "Saurashtra" and the second word "Bhasha").
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From: Gerard Meijssen <gerard.meijssen at gmail.com>
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>Subject: [Wikimediaindia-l] Update from translatewiki.net
>Yesterday we had quite a momentous day at translatewiki.net. After a lot of preparation our server was upgraded and we now have a much more responsive system. It is a joy again to localise; the system is so much more responsive..
>What may be of as much interest to this list is that we had someone asking for another Indian language. Saurashtra is a language that is written in three scripts according to Ethnologue; Tamil, Devanagari and the Saurashtra script. At this stage we are still getting the formalities in place; we have created a portal page and we are at the point where we are asking for the "autonym" or the name of the language in the language. Another question we will ask is what language will be the fall back language.
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