WNA - South Asia Native Language Titles 4/7/10

From: James Nye [mailto:jnye@uchicago.edu]
Sent: Wednesday, April 07, 2010 5:37 PM
To: 'Pendse, Liladhar';
Subject: RE: WNA - South Asia Native Language Titles

On searching with transliteration, please see the Google gadget we have running in the Hindi Sabdasagara interface at http://dsal.uchicago.edu/dictionaries/dasa-hindi/.  Also, note that searching by roman equivalents, following ALA/LC romanization, works on other dictionaries such as the Samsada Bangala Abhidhana at http://dsal.uchicago.edu/dictionaries/biswas-bangala/.
Gorkha Sansar will be restored.  A few resources failed to move last month from the former DSAL server to our new one.
From: SAMP List On Behalf Of Pendse, Liladhar
Sent: Wednesday, April 07, 2010 3:49 PM
Subject: Re: WNA - South Asia Native Language Titles
Hi All,
I agree wholeheartedly with Sam, Mary and David. The answer to the question of audience will depend from ones perspective. Of course, the faculty of South Asian Studies (inter-disciplinary) and advanced graduate students with regional language proficiencies will be able to see how the language was used in historical discourse in South Asia.
There are java based keyboards that are virtual in essence that can be used to type in phonetically term in many South Asian languages (like Indic IME). These keyboards do not need special hardware.
The 1c. will be tricky to answer as there are many South Asian languages and the audience and its proficiency or language knowledge benchmarks will vary. A case-study will be useful to this end with purposive sampling. What will be interesting to see is the number of non-Roman newspapers from South Asia that the WNA will digitize or make it accessible to its users. The whole process of choosing which title to digitize and workflow logic associated with it will be important for us as information professionals to know.
The second question that Jim poses is a natural question, however the question itself deals with the notion of multiculturalism and cultural biases. So I would like to get more refined version of this question.
I believe that David has answered the third question so I will refrain from repeating what he has already said.
The answer to the fourth question is both yes and no. It will depend on the user who is searching the WNA and his /her purpose.
It is good to be back home from the Old Country.
Liladhar R. Pendse
Librarian for Central  and Eastern European , Slavic and Eurasian, South Asian, Pan-Asian , Central Asian  Studies
Interim Librarian for Philosophy
A 1540L Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA
Box 951575
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Email: lpendse@library.ucla.edu
Phone: +1 310 825 1639
Fax: +1 310 825 3777


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