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Subject: Importance of using the alphabet of one's own language
Question: It is possible to write Bengali online. But it is difficult
compared to English. Therefore, many people in my country
(Bangladesh) are using English alphabet to write Bengali. That is,
they are using English letters to write Bengali sentences in
Facebook, emails, and other online sites. The number of people who
are doing this is increasing day by day. I was wondering how this
will affect my language. I guess this practice is very bad for the
future of Bengali. I would like to have a more clear idea about the
impact of ignoring Bengali alphabet while writing in Bengali. In
general, I want to know about the importance of practicing one's
own language and keeping the identity of a language. Could you
recommend me some good research articles, other articles, books, or
websites related to this topic? Thank you.

Reply: There are several languages that are written with different scripts. For example, Hindi
and Urdu are basically the same language, but one uses Devanagari while the other
uses Arabic script. Similarly, Serbo-Croation is written in both Cyrillic and Roman
scripts. That said, scripts are often culturally loaded. Your observation is fascinating.
Reply From: Susan D Fischer      click here to access email
Date: 10-Jan-2014
Other Replies:
  1. Re: Importance of using the alphabet of one's own language    Elizabeth J Pyatt     (09-Jan-2014)
  2. Re: Importance of using the alphabet of one's own language    Herbert Frederic Stahlke     (09-Jan-2014)
  3. Re: Importance of using the alphabet of one's own language    Anthea Fraser Gupta     (11-Jan-2014)

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