Sanskrit Grammar on Wikipedia/ was: Re: Wikipedia Logo

Jan E.M. Houben j_e_m_houben at YAHOO.COM
Thu Aug 30 09:11:25 UTC 2007

In connection with this apparent error in representing "wi" in Devanagari in the Wikipedia Logo, it is encouraging that the Wikibooks section for open content textbooks now also contains a wikibook on Sanskrit with chapters devoted to Basic Grammar, the Verb, the Noun etc. 
  Unfortunately there is much to correct in whatever little is there ... 
  At least at the bottom of the page there are references: 
  "Wikner's introduction to Sanskrit is a good start.
  Sanskrit: An Easy Introduction to an Enchanting Language by Professor Ashok Aklujkar is also recommended"
  Jan Houben  

Herman Tull <hwtull at MSN.COM> wrote:
  The NY Times reports today (6/25) that "In postings on internal mailing groups, users of Wikipedia have described obvious mistakes in the design, a globelike jigsaw puzzle with characters from various languages on the pieces. Two of the characters - one in Japanese and one in Devanagari, the script used in Sanskrit and several modern Indian languages - are meaningless because of minor slips."

A quick look at the logo shows that the error is in the vowel sign, long "i", which in the logo appears after the consonant "v". Funny, because this, of course, is the mistake beginning students typically make in their devanagari writing exercises.

Herman Tull
Princeton, NJ

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