Proposal: Sanskrit Language

This proposal is unlikely to reach 40 questions with 10 upvotes within the 4 month limit, based on the current pace.

Few people actually speak Sanskrit and have questions about it, but have plenty of questions about words in Sanskrit-based languages like Gujarati, Hindi, Punjabi, Marathi, Sinhalese, Sindhi, Urdu, Nepali, Bengali and perhaps others. A "Sankrit-based langages" Stack Exchange, is a stack exchange that I truly believe we should have, since I often have questions about word origins or meanings that I can't find the answers to online, but democracy with upvoting might give me the type of consensus I need. For example my first name is of Sanskrit origin but I don't know what it means because I can't find a definitive source online, and my only knowledge about my name is from people who have told me what they believe it means (now all we need is a system for upvoting/downvoting such answers).

I didn't make this proposal, and I feel that the user that initially made the proposal should have say in this. But seeing that this proposal is unlikely to make it to the Commitment phase the way it is right now, I wonder if people would be open to the idea of broadening the scope to "Sanskritic Languages" which would include all languages that descended from "Vedic Sanskrit":

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    Are the Sanskritic languages closely related enough for this to be useful? Would someone asking a question about Hindi be helped by an answer from someone who is familiar with Urdu or Punjabi? – Mark Dec 20 '19 at 22:50
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    @Mark. Thanks for the comment. There's two ways to answer that question. (1) Yes they are.. someone who speaks Punjabi can almost entirely understand Hindi, and if a question about a Hindi word were to come up, a Punjabi person could provide insight, for example by mentioning the similar Punjabi word. (2) There is absolutely no stack exchange in the entire network where everyone can answer everything. Punjabi tag and Hindi tag would be like "India" tag and "Brazil" tag on Travel Stack Exchange, or "gravity" tag and "biophysics" tag on Physics SE. – user1271772 Dec 20 '19 at 23:02

I actually like this idea. There is precedent here on Stack Exchange for broadening the scope of a language site to include related languages.

  • English Language & Usage allows questions on Old English and Middle English, the medieval precursors to Modern English. Old English is not even mutually intelligible with Modern English (although educated English speakers can learn it without much difficulty). Middle English is largely mutually intelligible but has noticeably different conventions. Questions on archaic Early Modern English, notably the language of Shakespeare and the King James Bible, are obviously also on-topic as reading them is considered highly valuable for English speakers and learners.

  • Although the vast majority of questions on German Language Stack Exchange are based on modern Hochdeutsch (Standard High German), questions on closely related languages and/or dialects that diverged from late medieval German are allowed, such as Low German, Yiddish, and Pennsylvania Dutch. The fact that the majority of users are interested in the "main" dialect does not diminish the fact that others can be discussed as well and that there are major similarities that make questions on them widely useful.

  • Ancient Greek is on-topic on Latin Stack Exchange. Greek and Latin are not even very closely related genetically (their distance is similar to that between Hindi and Russian), but are strongly connected culturally, historically, and politically.

  • Former proposals for Hebrew and Arabic language sites were combined into a single "Semitic Languages" proposal (although this one failed too).

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