AHMEDABAD MIRROR 17 DEC 2011 PAGE 02 [31-Dec-2014]
ROMAN SINDHI LAUNCHED ON 18 DEC 2011
FOLLOWING IS COPY OF PRESS RELEASE THAT CAME OUT IN AHMEDABAD MIRROR 17 DEC 2011 - PAGE 2. VIEW IT THERE ONLINE. HOWEVER, FOR GENERAL INFORMATION, I WOULD LIKE TO POINT OUT VERY CLEARLY THAT IT IS NOT THE INTENTION OF THE ORGANIZERS OF www.RomanizedSindhi.org TO REPLACE ARBI SINDHI AND/OR DEVNAGIRI SINDHI SCRIPTS WITH ROMAN SINDHI BUT THE ROMAN SINDHI SCRIPT HEREIN IS MORE MEANT TO SERVE AS AN ADDITIONAL MEDIUM OF TEACHING OF READING, WRITING, SPEAKING AND COMMUNICATING IN SINDHI, ESPECIALLY FOR THAT SINDHI POPULATION WHO ARE SCATTERED GLOBALLY AND HAVE NO OTHER FACILITIES TO TEACH OR LEARN SINDHI LANGUAGE AT THEIR ENVIRONMENTS. THIS ROMAN SCRIPT WHICH MAY BE LEARNED ONLINE THROUGH INTERNET FROM ANY PART OF THE WORLD MAY ALSO SERVE THOSE SINDHIS IN INDIA AND/OR SINDHI WHO WISH TO COMMUNICATE WITH THE SAID GLOBAL SINDHI POPULATION WHO MAY OTHERWISE NOT UNDERSTAND ARBI SINDHI OR DEVNAGIRI SINDHI SCRIPT. THE PURPOSE IS FOR THE COMMUNITY TO REMAIN CONNECTED THROUGH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE THROUGH A CONVENIENT SCRIPT. IT IS FURTHER CLARIFIED FOR GENERAL INFORMATION THAT THIS ROMAN SINDHI SCRIPT WAS SPECIALLY DEVELOPED AND STANDARDIZED FOR GLOBAL SINDHI USE WITH THE HELP OF SEVERAL SINDHI PROFESSORS AND EDUCATIONISTS IN INDIA. THE SAID STANDARDIZED VERSION OF THE SCRIPT IS LIKELY TO FIT ANY LANGUAGE ON EARTH AND MAY FREELY BE USED BY ANYONE INTERESTED.
ARJAN DASWANI SINGAPORE - SCRIPT COORDINATOR - 16 DEC 2011 www.RomanizedSindhi.org
View it onine at AHMEDABAD MIRROR 16 DEC 2011 PAGE 02.
Roman sindhi to Revive Sindhi
A group of Sindhis make an effort to revive the written script, which is originally in Arabic or Devnagari, in a Roman form
Posted On Saturday, December 17, 2011 at 02:50:12 AM
Sindhi script is undergoing a transformation. A group of Sindhis is making an effort to revive the written script, which is originally in Arabic or Devnagari, in a Roman form. The new script, which is incorporated in website, will be officially launched at the 18th International Sindhi Sammelan on Saturday. It will be available for free learning on www.romanizedsindhi.org.
|The script will be officially launched at 18th International Sindhi Sammelan today and will be available on www.romanizedsindhi.org (right)
“Language is the soul of a community. So when a language dies, the whole community gets lost. To ensure that nothing like this happens, we thought of coming up with the Roman form of Sindhi. This is our effort to keep Sindhi language alive. It is an initiative of Alliance of Sindhi Associations of Americas Inc, a non-profit organisation,” said Arjan Daswani from Singapore who supported the programme.
A year ago in March, a group of scholars and language experts got together to form the first ever standardised Roman script for Sindhi language. Devendra Kodwani, director of a business school in UK, said, “Professors and experts from Mumbai, Pune, Delhi and Adipur (Kutch) got together for this project. There are 52 letters in Sindhi which are now transformed into Roman alphabet.”
Kajal Ramchandani, a lecturer at Jai Hind College in Mumbai, said, “After putting a lot of efforts into discussions on how to save the language, we came out with this solution. In the past, numerous attempts have been made to work on Roman-Sindhi script but it was not scientifically worked upon.” Ramchandani has been teaching the language for almost ten years now.
After a lot of improvisation, approvals and recommendations, the script is ready for the launch. The Roman Sindhi script makes use of three signs to differentiate the consonant sounds and vowels.
“In this script, we have added signs like ^, ~ and ` to differentiate various sounds. Each letter in the alphabet has an audio-visual presentation along with it. There are also some special symbols been used to make new
letters that match unique Sindhi sounds,” said scientist Dayal Meshri from the US who has helped create the script.
Targeted specially at the Sindhi children, who do not get to hear the pure language, this script will be a blessing, said Kodwani, adding, “they will be able to hear how the words and letters are exactly pronounced in Sindhi. There are certain pronunciation which are not found in any other language.”
Daswani added, “We are officially handing over the website to the community on Saturday. We hope that Sindhis will now learn to speak the language correctly.”
Latest Comments :
Well done.Proceed go ahead further.
All the three scripts Arabi,Devanagari and Roman (English) be adopted to suit all.Preserve Sindhi in these three scripts all over the world at any cost.Pray God will give you success.
- Rtd Prof Mohan Kewalram Kalani [22-January-2012]