Word splitting & hyphenation conventions in roman transliteration

Narayan S. Raja raja at IFA.HAWAII.EDU
Fri Feb 12 20:46:17 UTC 1999

On Fri, 12 Feb 1999, U Hayavadana wrote:

> At 11:40 11.02.99 PST, Christopher Fernandez wrote:
> >
> > Are there any reasons why India cannot make a switchover
> > to AIR script?
> yes: it will make literacy easier to achieve,

Perhaps you could explain why literacy
is easier to achieve using the Roman script
rather than any other script?

You might also help us by explaining the
discrepancies in the following tables of
literacy rates, which I compiled from
and http://www.cowan.edu.au/library/iorr/country/srilanka.htm

  Countries using         Countries not using
  Roman script            Roman script
  Indonesia (84%)         Thailand    (94%)
  Malaysia  (84%)         Sri Lanka   (89%)

  States in India         States in India
  using Roman script      not using Roman script
  Nagaland (60 to 74%)    Kerala (89.8%)
  Meghalaya (46 to 60%)   Goa (above 88%)

> and there are some people
> who don't want that. the sangh parivar has already said that nobel


Is it possible that people are
just fond of the traditional
script of their own languages?


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