Wiktionary talk:About Hindi

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Etymology sources[edit]

Are there good sources, preferably accessible to benighted monolingual English speakers that provide evidence of the antiquity and etymology of Hindi words? I am suspicious that there is too much crediting of European influence. See Talk:brinjal. But it is merely a suspicion, based on the widespread use of similar words (judging from the transcriptions) in several Indian languages. Examples of post-Sanskrit, pre-Portuguese use of forms similar to brinjal would clinch the case against the circuitous transmission of the form from Sanskrit/Indo-European to Indian English via Portugal. I am unfamiliar with the sources and can't make use of what is written in non-Roman scripts. DCDuring TALK 15:06, 27 September 2009 (UTC)

So... you think the Portuguese never visited India...? — [ R·I·C ] opiaterein — 15:38, 27 September 2009 (UTC)
I was equally amazed at how the word language is similar in many languages, thanks to Sanskrit. --Anatoli 00:58, 16 February 2010 (UTC)

I am wondering if a distinction is actually being drawn between Hindi and Urdu on Wikitionary. Although they are the same language in day-to-day use, in learned/literary registers they are quite divergent (and I am sure contributors to entries for both are quite aware of this!). There is problem for entries which are generated for Urdu based off of what should be only Hindi entries. Firstly, the transcription into the Perso-Arabic script is often incorrect and not in line with Modern Urdu orthography. Secondly, many of these words just aren't used in Urdu. Indeed, words from Modern Hindi are being loaned into Urdu all the time, especially in India as opposed to Pakistan, but that doesn't justify labelling every Hindi word as Urdu! This problem exists in the opposite direction as well (Hindi entries generated off of Urdu ones), but at least the words are generally spelt correctly. Unless Hindi and Urdu are going to be conflated on Wiktionary and no longer have separate entries at all, some guidelines need to be made. 10:47, 5 September 2013 (UTC)