Script and religion

jonathan silk at YALE.EDU
Mon Feb 15 14:20:32 UTC 1999

>A more recent extension of the same mixing of religion into  languages is
>the Sikh's everyday use of a script, Gurmukhi named so because it was
>used in the writings of Sikh gurus only. Native panjabi speakers mostly used
>Urdu script before creation of Pakistan and after that changed to using
>Devnagri script.  It is like adoption of Pali by Buddhists against the
>backdrop of Sanskrit.

The point of the last sentence here is completely obscure to me; the
relationship between Pali and Sanskrit (which is far from clear
historically, although this seems irrelevant here) has absolutely *nothing*
to do with script usage...

Jonathan SILK at

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