Heya, Errr.. may I intrude? There are several people on this list who are illiterate in their mother tongue. I know one personally. I myself fall under this category. Being a Tamilian, presently living in TN, I am able to contribute to the English versions of articles and at the most Hindi. Re, Srikanth.
On Wed, Nov 30, 2011 at 7:03 PM, Bishakha Datta <bishakhada...@gmail.com>wrote: > > > On Wed, Nov 30, 2011 at 6:56 PM, Shiju Alex <shijualexonl...@gmail.com>wrote: > >> Ravi shankar said: >> >>> If your ambition is to teach the mother tongues for the convent educated >>> minority English speaking Indians through a Wiki project and then make them >>> contribute in Indic language Wikipedias, it may never happen. I am not even >>> sure if it fits inside Wikipedia's mission. >>> >> >> >> Yes. that is true. I do not forsee such a thing happening for Indic >> wikis. :) >> >> >> Is Gerard is trying to convey the idea of *Mother Language illiteracy? >> *Remember >> by illiteracy of a language, we mean the inability *to read or write*(rather >> than speaking) that specific language. I must say Mother Language >> illiteracy is rising in Indian cities and in some states (for example, >> Kerala). >> >> In fact if you go through the discussions that I am sharing with you >> (about different language wiki communities), many Indic language >> wikipedians are also raising the same concern. >> >> I guess my point is to distinguish between illiteracy and non-use or low > use (in reading and writing), which is more my personal situ on Bengali, > Hindi, Marathi. > > So I feel like there may be three or more categories of persons for each > language: > > -Speakers who read and write in that lang > -Speakers who don't read and write in that lang (non or low users) > -Speakers who don't know how to read and write in that lang (illiterate, > although I don't like the word) > > And agree with Ravi that it would be hard to get both those who are not > literate in a language or low users of it to contribute in that language. > For example, I would be reluctant to contribute in the languages I speak, > but don't write or read in everyday, even though I am technically literate > in them. > > Cheers > Bishakha > > > > > > _______________________________________________ > Wikimediaindia-l mailing list > Wikimediaindiafirstname.lastname@example.org > To unsubscribe from the list / change mailing preferences visit > https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimediaindia-l > > -- Regards, Srikanth Ramakrishnan. Wikipedia Coimbatore Meetup on December 10th. http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Meetup/Coimbatore
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