From: Mark Davis (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Thu Oct 23 2003 - 18:02:45 CST
I want to caution people that the chart should *not* be taken as an exact guide.
The percentage of language speakers within a country, and the percent of GDP
ascribable to those language speakers are all pretty fuzzy. In addition, I had
excluded countries that were at or below 0.05% of world GDP, just to make my
mappings easier. Moreover, the Excel chart cuts off some languages that did have
► शिष्यादिच्छेत्पराजयम् ◄
----- Original Message -----
From: "Peter Kirk" <email@example.com>
Cc: <firstname.lastname@example.org>; <email@example.com>
Sent: Thu, 2003 Oct 23 03:03
Subject: Re: [OT] RE: GDP by language
> On 23/10/2003 01:24, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
> >>no countries as far as I know using Arabic script but not Arabic, Persian
> >>or Urdu as official languages (except perhaps Pashto in Afghanistan).
> >Equating countries and languages is wrought with danger...
> >Currently: Hausa, Kashmiri, Kurdish (written in Latin, Cyrillic, and Arabic),
> >In recent history: Kazak, Kyrghyz, Turkish, Uighur.
> >Until early Middle Ages: Aragonese, Maltese.
> >(Source: www.omniglot.com, and Aragonese and Maltese from my faulty
> I'll give you Uighur, which *currently* surely has official status in
> Arabic script in China, and perhaps Kashmiri if Arabic script is used in
> the Indian-controlled parts of Kashmir. Kurdish is written in Arabic
> script only in countries where Arabic script is used for the official
> national language, similarly Sindhi and many other languages of Pakistan
> - but I was assuming that Mark's chart counted all of these people under
> Arabic, Persian and Urdu. I'm prettty sure that Latin script is official
> for Hausa. I can list lots more languages which used to be written in
> Arabic script, but that's not my point.
> Peter Kirk
> email@example.com (personal)
> firstname.lastname@example.org (work)
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