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Media: How do you spell West Bengal's new name?

Submitter: Brent Woo

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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Writing Systems

Media Body: In August of 2011, the administration of the Indian state of West Bengal
voted to change the official name to 'West Bengal' in Bengali. The
problem is there is no convenient way (yet) to represent this in
publications in English, or in any other language other than Bengali,
which requires transliteration of some sort.

Already in the media we see variants such as Paschim Banga,
poshchim Bangla, Poshchim Bongo... etc.

Transliteration has always been an imperfect art, but this blogger
Antariksh Bothale wonders if there are any alternatives.
Issue Number: 22.3931
Date Posted: October 08, 2011