My email was not directed at anyone personally.  It was simply a response
to the observation Srikanth made and from what I glanced from Wikipedia
articles.[1]  In the context of linguistics, you will be hard-pressed to
find reliable sources that refer to Indic languages as a generic term for
all of Indian languages.

The word 'Indic' itself is a derivative of the word "Hindus" or "Indus"
referring to the Indus Valley Civilization, which did not stretch as far as
Deccan India where the Dravidian family of languages have been prevalent.  The
distinction between the Indic languages and Dravidian languages is an
important one, and they should not be confused to be one and the same.

As a movement of individuals who are dedicated to the process of building
the world's largest repositories of information, we should be mindful of
lingual and cultural realities and sensitivities.  This is not just about
being politically correct, but also accuracy in the representation of
_factual_ information.

Again, this is simply my personal opinion and observation.  :)




On Wed, Nov 14, 2012 at 2:20 PM, Amir E. Aharoni <> wrote:

> --
> Amir Elisha Aharoni · אָמִיר אֱלִישָׁע אַהֲרוֹנִי
> ‪“We're living in pieces,
> I want to live in peace.” – T. Moore‬
> 2012/11/14 Anirudh Bhati <>:
> > On Wed, Nov 14, 2012 at 1:02 AM, Amir E. Aharoni
> > <> wrote:
> >>
> >> If he didn't explain it, then you can presume that it's wrong. There's
> >> nothing to discuss, and there's nothing wrong with saying "Indic
> >> languages".
> >
> >
> > The word "Indic" refers generally to the Indo-Aryan family of languages,
> > which does not include Dravidian languages prevalent in Southern India.
> Not necessarily.
> According to Meriam-Webster, the adjective "Indic" may refer to
> Indo-Aryan and to all of India. Moreover, "Indic scripts" refers to
> all Brahmic scripts, and that is the most common term today.
> The English Wikipedia redirected [[Indic languages]] to [[Indo-Aryan
> languages]], but that was a mistake, and I just fixed it.
> > Hence, bunching the entire system of Dravidian languages together with
> the
> > Indo-Aryan languages in India may seem derogatory to some, and reasonably
> > so.
> No, not derogatory. At worst, it's ambiguous.
> Making up bad connotations for normal words is not so constructive.
> --
> Amir
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