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-Arabic: سرائیکی, Gurmukhi: 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 Travel Guide
Sraiki Nationalist Movement on Facebook
One Pakistan News
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!