Comments on: On Facebook nobody knows you’re a dead language Where media and technology meet Wed, 16 Nov 2016 08:48:25 +0000 hourly 1 By: Ron Hahn Tue, 06 Oct 2009 15:09:37 +0000 Shams, Sanskrit is the “mother” of the so-called “Indo-Aryan” languages, a branch of Indo-European (to which also English and most other European languages belong). Sanskrit is not the “mother” of Southeast Asian languages, which belong to other families. It is only that because of religious and cultural Indian influences Sanskrit (and descended Pali) are studied in Southeast Asia, as they are in Southern India where the unrelated Dravidian languages are used.

By: Robert MacMillan Mon, 05 Oct 2009 19:28:27 +0000 What’s wrong with saying that Sanskrit is a language of the past? Perhaps “largely” of the past would be better. In a nation of more than 1 billion people, 49,000-or-so Sanskrit speakers might make it seem, at least, like an endangered language in the sense of being a living language.

It is true that many schools teach the language, but then again, many schools teach Latin — though we still call it a “dead” language. And it seems clear that there are efforts to revive Sanskrit as a more living language than it is today, but when you get down to it, it seems to be not at all insulting to refer to Sanskrit in the way that Reuters did it when you think that the days of when it was a “lingua franca” of many parts of India are undoubtedly in the past.

I’m not speaking for Reuters, I’m just speaking as someone who works there and enjoys studying languages.

By: Madhavi Mon, 05 Oct 2009 19:20:00 +0000 Facebook is doing a great job trying to be inclusive of all the languages. But who said Sanskrit is language of past??!! There are hundreds of schools & major universities in India & around the world teaching the language. The language have always had sizable following. There are tens of thousands of people who’s mother tongue “even today” is Sanskrit.
A proud speaker of a language, I am offended by the reference of Sanskrit as “language of past.”


By: rita Mon, 05 Oct 2009 03:24:20 +0000 I love how the facebook brand includes the concept of user-generated ideas, applications, etc. But an even more fundamental feature of the facebook brand is that of keeping control in the hands of the users.
Reports that users’ pictures have been used on a jailbait site have been met with apathy by Facebook…, just as when facebook received complaints from users after its last major over-haul, it disregarded its target market’s concerns.

This attitude does Not represent a good marketing strategy.

By: Teresa Sat, 03 Oct 2009 20:07:20 +0000 True! Latin language and Latin music are two different things. Spanish speakers are often called Latins and the region where languages coming from Latin is spoken is called Latin America. That also includes Portuguese, spoken in Brazil and French, spoken in French Guiana. Therefore, a Latin person may come from a wide variety of backgrounds as well as Latin music.

By: Rebecca Sat, 03 Oct 2009 12:32:16 +0000 Since we are talking about language, let’s use English correctly. There ARE plenty of living languages for Facebook to focus on too.

By: casper Sat, 03 Oct 2009 12:16:02 +0000 Dear krishmamurthi ramachandran,
“Latin” has two meanings. The Latin language was spoken by the ancient Romans and is written but not spoken today. Written Latin is the subject of the article. Latin music is something entirely different and is enjoyed today. Its roots are from South America and the Caribbean. The ancient Romans who spoke Latin never heard Latin music which would not be created for another 1900 years.

By: Shams Sat, 03 Oct 2009 11:28:31 +0000 That’s really great. I am specially thrilled to hear about Sanskrit – the mother of languauges in Indian subcontinent, and south-east asian countries.

By: krishnamurthi ramachandran Sat, 03 Oct 2009 06:37:52 +0000 Dear Reporter,
Nice article from you.
Who says that,Latin language is not followed by many people.
Even though,I don!t knows this language,i used to listen Latin Music from many websites.
This is a good beginning from leading social website-Face Book.
Many Latins will get more benefits from Face Book.
Always,we should encourage many languages,many different culture and it leads to new ideas,friendship and be a leading knowledge centers to net users.