[INDOLOGY] Hindi spelling changes and Manaki grammar book

Harry Spier hspier.muktabodha at gmail.com
Sat Dec 3 03:23:28 UTC 2016

Thank you Dick,

You've made it much clearer.  What is the source of these variations in
spelling the Govt. is trying to standardize, Are these regional variations?

Harry Spier

On Fri, Dec 2, 2016 at 7:45 AM, Dick Plukker <d.plukker at inter.nl.net> wrote:

> Dear Harry Spier,
> I am afraid I don’t know the Manak Hindi grammar book you mentioned, but
> the most recent (2016) publication (in Hindi) of the Central Hindi
> Directorate (of the Ministry of Human Resource Development), *Standardization
> of Devanagari Script and Hindi Spelling*, says on p. 30, par. 3.13 (on
> the euphonic glides ya and va) that in cases where the use of ya is
> optional (jhukāye or jhukāe) the spelling with the glide is to be avoided.
> The same rule was formulated in earlier publications of the Directorate,
> already in the sixties of the previous century.
> It is not a spelling reform, but rather an attempt from the side of the
> government to standardize the spelling of Hindi.
> The booklet can be downloaded for free at:
> http://hindinideshalaya.nic.in/hindi/schemeofpublication/FinalDevnagriLipi_05-07-2016.pdf
> Yours,
> Dick Plukker
> Op 2-12-2016 om 09:14 schreef Harry Spier:
> Dear list members,
> I've been asked a question about a Hindi spelling change and I'm not a
> Hindi speaker so any help would be greatly appreciated.
> I've been told that the Manaki Hindi grammar book rule 2.13.1 says to
> change the spelling of āye to āe in Hindi words.
>  And the example I've been given is jhukāye should be spelled jhukhāe
> I've been asked what this is about.
> Is this a spelling modernization or  some kind of official spelling reform?
> Or two different types of Hindi spelling like British english and Amarican
> english?
> Are there other spelling changes prescribed in the Manaki Hindi grammar
> book?
> What is the Manaki Hindi grammar?  Does it have some kind of special
> status.
> Thanks,
> Harry Spier
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