Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Pakistan Language Map ... सराइकी ਸਰਾਇਕੀ سرائیکی

The United States of America had about five hundred tribes of Native Americans. Within one State, there could be two or more languages spoke by the Indians. Being part Cherokee, this is something close to my heart. It is hard for us lingua-centric, ethnocentric U.S. Americans to comprehend. In the United States of America - hundreds of languages were spoken four thousands of years.

We took a look at the map of Dagestan previously, and looked at all the smaller languages spoken within that tiny country alone. Lets revisit another country I already blogged about. Pakistan.

Look closely at the image below.

No that we have seen these languages of Pakistan, lets find out how many people speak these languages. 

Now, lets take a closer look at one of these smaller languages Saraiki.(Perso-ArabicسرائیکیGurmukhi: ਸਰਾਇਕੀ, Devanagari: सराइकी. 

This language is spoken by nearly 14 million people in the Southern Punjab Province. From what I discovered, there is also a separatist movement going on. Unfortunately, languages can be a very divisive thing sometime. They felt bothered by the fact that so many Urdu speakers were moving into their territory. 

As usual, I post links for my language enthusiasts. 

The Biggest Sraiki Portal !!!
National Council For The Promotion of the Urdu Language
Urdu National Language Authority
Writing Urdu with Your Keyboard
Blogs about Sraiki
Got Questions in Sraiki
Sraiki Chat
Sraiki Travel Guide
Sraiki Nationalist Movement on Facebook
One Pakistan News
Urdu Pal

I have always thought that if you really want to know about a language, you should contact people who know about it and speak that language. Make friends with them. You will be amazed by the friends you can make, lifelong friends, when you start learning their language.

So head back to that Facebook Page and start making friends!


پرویز قادر said...

this map be deleted and this be posted

Naomi said...

I do not understand what you wrote

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