West vs East

B. K. Rana bk_rana at YAHOO.COM
Fri Apr 22 15:41:03 UTC 2005


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Dear Dr. Thrasher



As concerns your mentioning of some western writers, I personally differ from what they have written on the Magars of Nepal. Hence the language and other stuff also.



For instance, they have subdivided 3 different Magar languages [ Magar, Kham and Kaike] into 7, Shauka or Byanshi  language into 3 others and Rai language into 37 different languages  ! Some of the languages are different but not every one.



The government of Nepal has now encouraged native students to study languages at the university level. This will help, I think.



Secondly, I am not in the executive committee of Langhali Assocoation USA [LA USA]. I am just an advisor to them. I will ask them if they are going to publish anything in the future. I can certainly, ask Magars and other indigenous peoples´┐Ż [IPs] writers in Kathmandu, Nepal to send their published materials  to you.



I have also one of my books here with me. It is on the Magars of  Nepal written in vernacular Nepali. If you wish it, I can certainly send to you.



Thank you,



BKR


Allen W Thrasher <athr at LOC.GOV> wrote:VYAKARAN: South Asian Languages and Linguistics Net
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Dear Mr. Rana,

I used the Harvard-Kyoto system for transliterating Sanskrit and related language in Email, which you can find at , to represent La[with macron]n[with dot above]gha[macron]li[macron], or in simple English without diacritics, Langhali, just as you say. Dr. van Diem doesn't deny that (Central) Magar and Kham Magar are different; he just says they form a group.

I was merely passing on something, not trying to express an opinion on the matter. But van Diem does clearly say that Buda Magar and F. A. Uxbond (which I discover my Library in cataloging the book mentioned has decided is a pseudonym for Wilhelm von Hevesy) assert a relation between Magyars and Magars. Neith van Diem nor I asserted the same.

Please be so good as to contact me off the Vyakaran list if your Langhali Association starts publishing books, pamphlets, or even a newsletter, because we would want such materials for the Library of Congress's collections.

Yours,

Allen Thrasher


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