Thanks to the translatewiki team for facilitating localisation efforts.

As for Saurashtra language, most of its speakers live in and around the cities 
of Madurai and Kumbakonam for several generations now.
They speak Saurashtra at home and Tamil outside. (In fact, a veteran Tamil 
playback singer T.M.Soundararajan was a Saurashtra speaker.)
So, I think the fallback language would be Tamil (although the speakers 
originally came from the eponymous region in today's Gujarat and the language's 
kernel is related to Gujarati and Marathi.)

Its autonym in Tamil would be "சௌராட்டிர மொழி" per Tamil Wiki article. In 
Saurashtra script, it is available as an image at (the first word below the image of the 
person is "Saurashtra" and the second word "Bhasha").

- Sundar

"That language is an instrument of human reason, and not merely a medium for 
the expression of thought, is a truth generally admitted."
- George Boole, quoted in Iverson's Turing Award Lecture

From: Gerard Meijssen <>
>To: Wikimedia India <>
>Sent: Sunday, March 6, 2011 12:30 PM
>Subject: [Wikimediaindia-l] Update from
>Yesterday we had quite a momentous day at After a lot of 
>preparation our server was upgraded and we now have a much more responsive 
>system. It is a joy again to localise; the system is so much more responsive..
>What may be of as much interest to this list is that we had someone asking for 
>another Indian language. Saurashtra is a language that is written in three 
>scripts according to Ethnologue; Tamil, Devanagari and the Saurashtra script. 
>At this stage we are still getting the formalities in place; we have created a 
>portal page and we are at the point where we are asking for the "autonym"  or 
>the name of the language in the language. Another question we will ask is what 
>language will be the fall back language.
>This new language brings new opportunities to bring Indian culture and 
>knowledge to the Internet. 
>       GerardM
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