By NLRC Staff, January 12, 2011, Category: Language

On Jan 10-12, 2011, Nepal Academy organized a three-day conference, the 2011 Nepali Language Conference, in Kathmandu in which many in the Nepali language community participated, including Nepali language experts and lexicographers from Nepal and India. Various papers were presented at the conference for discussion. At the end of the conference, a team consisting of notable Nepali language experts presented a set of decisions agreed upon at the conference.

The goal of the conference was to sort out many conflicting arguments and opinions on Nepali orthography, and to try to come up with common guidelines agreeable to all sides. The decisions of the conference, which includes such common guidelines, will be adopted by the Academy.

We congratulate Nepal Academy for taking the initiative to organize the conference, which, we believe, will help to minimize the confusion on the Nepali language usage, especially over orthography. We hope that similar efforts to improve various aspects of the Nepali language will continue to take place in the future.

The conference outlined various decisions, mostly on orthography. The decisions are of two types. The first category of the decisions includes decisions that were accepted by all sides. The second category includes decisions that were made but to which some experts expressed different or opposing views.

NLRC will adhere to all decisions that were accepted by all sides in its future publications or products. In a parallel effort, NLRC will also start updating the publications or products that already existed prior to these new guidelines from the conference.

We thank Nepal Academy for providing guidance on the Nepali language to which we can adhere to and make our resources more accurate and useful to our user community.

The list below outlines the major decisions that were made by the conference. It includes only the decisions that were agreed by all sides, and does not include decisions where different views were presented.
Category: Loanwords

Category: Raswa Dirgha

Category: Padyog and Padbiyog
In Nepali, words in a phrasal category may be written separately or together under one horizontal bar. Padyog refers to the process or the occurrence when they are written together, and Padbiyog to the process or occurrence when they are written separately.
The following decisions were identified as having different views.



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