It is by 1877 that the Europeans started studying and classifying the
scripts of oriental languages especially, South Asian and East Asian.

Probably Holle did the first attempt of cataloging the Sanskrit and its
apparently descending languages within the Indian subcontinent and beyond.

Please see this informative document which also points to the changes that
may have occurred to these scripts due to social reasons.


On Thu, Feb 14, 2013 at 2:14 PM, Vishnu t <> wrote:

> Dear Tejaswini and Friends,
> It is an interesting and pertinent issue. I do completely concur with
> Tejaswini on the problem of 'using philological classifications and
> terminology'. However, it will be interesting to track the history of how
> we have ended up with the term 'Indic', in the computing context. Do
> friends on the list know of any history of computing terms and how 'Indic'
> has come to be used?
> Would be useful if any body can shed light on this and let us also put
> this up on Wikipedia.
> The Wiktionary entry for 'Indic' is here
> Look forward to more conversations on this.
> Regards,
> Vishnu
> On 14 February 2013 09:34, Tejaswini Niranjana <> wrote:
>> Correction: by Dravidian language in Pakistan I suppose you meant Brahui,
>> which has a couple of million speakers. Doesn't appear to be much writing
>> in the language though. We will have to find out more.
>> And one more comment on your suggestion about using 'Indic-Dravidian': do
>> remember that we have several languages in the north-east which are part of
>> neither of these groupings, since they are from the Tibeto-Burman family of
>> languages! This is what I meant by the problem of using philological
>> classifications and terminology.
>> TN
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