Word splitting & hyphenation conventions in roman transliteration

Swaminathan Madhuresan smadhuresan at YAHOO.COM
Sun Feb 14 23:25:57 UTC 1999

> <<<
> and once a person has learned one written indian language, s/he can
> quickly learn a lot of others (become literate in other languages too)
> on the basis of the large number of sanskrit words in all the
> that can be immediately recognised because there is no script barrier.
> >>>

   Hayavadana, you may not know. The above statement about sanskrit is
   a common myth propagated by high elites with vested interests.

   If you go to villages and listen, their Tamil contains
   Sanskrit terms approaching towards zero percent.
   Even in Malayalam, as you descend down the caste ladder,
   Sanskrit words drop off exponentially.

   It is also true that certain Tamil caste dialects, eg., Brahmins,
   are Sanskritized to a degree.


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