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Sat Oct 08 2011

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

Editor for this issue: Brent Woo <bwoolinguistlist.org>

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Message 1: How do you spell West Bengal's new name?
Date: 08-Oct-2011
From: Brent Woo <bwoolinguistlist.org>
Subject: How do you spell West Bengal's new name?
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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
Botale wonders if there are any alternatives.


Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
                            Writing Systems

Subject Language(s): Bengali (ben)

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