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Urdu

language in Pakistan (as national and official) and India (as offcial and co-official).
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Urdu or Lashkari,[10] is the name of one of the major languages spoken in South Asia. It is the national language of Pakistan. It is spoken in Pakistan and Indian-administered Kashmir and is the official language of the country. It is also an official language in India. It is spoken all over India, particularly in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.

Urdu
اُردُو
Urdu example.svg
Urdu in Nastaʿlīq script
Pronunciation[ˈʊrd̪u] (About this soundlisten)
RegionSouth Asia (native to the Hindi-Urdu Belt)
EthnicityNone
Native speakers
50.7 million in India[1]
16 million in Pakistan[2] (2007 and 2017)
Official status
Official language in
 Pakistan (national and official)
 India (official as per the 8th Schedule of the Constitution and in the following states/union territories)

Official:

Secondary Official:

   Nepal (Registered Regional Language)
Recognised minority
language in
Language codes
ISO 639-1ur
ISO 639-2urd
ISO 639-3urd
Glottologurdu1245[9]
Linguasphere59-AAF-q
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     Areas where Urdu is either official or co-official      Areas where Urdu is neither official nor co-official
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HistoryEdit

The origin of the name Urdu is the Chagatai language's word for army, Ordu. Urdu is spoken the same as present-day Hindi, but Hindi uses the traditional Devanagari script (from Sanskrit), whereas Urdu uses the Persio-Arabic alphabet. The poet Ghulam Hamadani Mushafi coined the term Urdu for this language in 1780. However, this began to alienate the two major cultures in India/Pakistan, the Muslims and Hindus. Hindus began to speak and write Hindi, whereas Muslims would begin to speak Urdu. This also lead to a need to "cleanse" Urdu of all its Sanskrit words and lead Hindi speakers to want to be rid of Persian words that remained in their language.

Relations to PersianEdit

DifferencesEdit

The letters in Urdu are derived from the Persian/Farsi alphabet, which is derived from the Arabic alphabet. The additional letters that are found in Urdu include ٹ ,ڈ ,ڑ (ṫ, ḋ, ṙ). To make the alphabet more enriched two letters were created for sounds ه (h) and ی (y). By adding these letters to the existing Persian letters the Urdu alphabet became more suitable for the people of North India and Pakistan.

SimilaritiesEdit

Urdu is written right to left like Farsi script. Urdu is also written in the Nasta’ liq style of Persian Calligraphy. Nastaliq style is a cursive script invented by Mīr ʿAlī of Tabrīz, a very famous calligrapher during the Timurid period (1402–1502).

Levels of formalityEdit

 
Lashkari Zabān ("Hordish language") title in Nastaliq script

InformalEdit

Urdu in its less formalized register has been called a rekhta (ریختہ, ), meaning "rough mixture". The more formal register of Urdu is sometimes called zabān-e-Urdu-e-mo'alla (زبان اردو معلہ [zəbaːn eː ʊrd̪uː eː moəllaː]), the "Language of Camp and Court."

In local translation, it is called Lashkari Zabān (لشکری زبان‎ [lʌʃkɜ:i: zɑ:bɑ:n])[11] meaning "military language" or "military tongue" or "Hordish language". This can be shortened to Lashkari.

The etymology of the word used in the Urdu language for the most part decides how nice or well done your speech is. For example, Urdu speakers would distinguish between پانی pānī and آب āb, both meaning "water" for example, or between آدمی ādmi and مرد mard, meaning "man." The first word is ad derivative from Adam (آدم) Arabic mean from Adam and it can be used for both man and woman in place of human being. Second word مرد mard refers to a gender or can be used for manly hood as well.

If a word is of Persian or Arabic origin, the level of speech is thought to be more formal. If Persian or Arabic grammar constructs, such as the izafat, are used in Urdu, the level of speech is also thought more formal and correct. If a word is inherited from Sanskrit, the level of speech is thought more colloquial and personal.[12] The reason perhaps is the Moghuls (Persian ) influence over India deeming Sanskrit to be a lesser language than Persian or Urdu itself. For the longest time Persian was also official language of Moghul occupied territories.

FormalEdit

Urdu is supposed to be a well formed language; many of words are used in it to show respect and politeness. This emphasis on politeness, which comes from the vocabulary, is known as Aadab ( Courteous ) and to sometimes as takalluf (Formal) in Urdu. These words are mostly used when addressing elders, or people with whom one is not met yet. Just like French Vous and Tu. Upon studying French and other forms of Language similar formal language construct are present. The whole grammatical layout appears to be almost identical to French language structure. The rules to form sentences and structuring them are identical

PoeticsEdit

Two very respected poets who are not only celebrated in the Indian subcontinent but are famous in many other communities worldwide are Mirza Ghalib and Sir Mohammad Iqbal. 

Mirza GhalibEdit

Ghalib (1797-1869) is famous for his classic satire and sarcasm as seen in the following verse;

(Latin/Roma alphabet):

Umer bhar hum yun hee ghalati kartey rahen Ghalib

Dhool ch-herey pei thee aur hum aaina saaf karte rahe

(translation):

O Ghalib (himself) all my life I kept making the same mistakes over and over,

I was busy cleaning the mirror while the dirt was on my face. 

Sir Mohammad IqbalEdit

Iqbal (1877-1938) was a poet, and an active politician. He focused his poetry on bringing out the plight of the suffering Muslim community. In his poetry he very boldly highlighted the missing virtues and values in the morally corrupt society. Despite much opposition in the beginning, he ended up leaving a huge impact. He is also called the “Poet of the East” and the “Poet of Islam”. His work is displayed in the following verse;

(Latin/Roma Alphabet):     

Aapne bhe khafa mujh sei beganey bhe na khush

Mein zeher -e-halahal ku kabhi keh na saka qand

(translation):

I could not keep happy either my loved ones nor the strangers,

as I could never call a piece of poison a piece of candy.  

Iqbal is considered by many an inspirational poet. He played a large role in the Pakistan Movement, with many claiming that he was the one to spark it.

Common Words/Phrases in UrduEdit

English Urdu (Pronunciation through Latin Alphabet)
good acha
Bad Bura

Kharab

Happy Khush
Sad Odaas
Hello

(Peace Be Upon You- from Arabic)

as-salam-alaikum  
How are you? Aap kaisey hein?
I am fine mein sahin hu
Okay acha

sahee

Can you speak English? 

(when you speak to a man)

Aap angreezi bool saktein hein?
Can you speak English?

(when you can speak to a female)

Aap angreezi bol sakteen hein?
The weather is good today. Aaj mausam ach ha hei.
Where is the airport ?     hawai adda kidr hei?
Where is the nearest McDonalds? Sub sey kareeb McDonalds kidr hey?

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Scheduled Languages in descending order of speaker's strength - 2011" (PDF). Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India. 29 June 2018.
  2. "POPULATION BY MOTHER TONGUE | Pakistan Bureau of Statistics". www.pbs.gov.pk. Archived from the original on 12 July 2017. Retrieved 8 January 2018. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Hindustani (2005). Keith Brown (ed.). Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics (2 ed.). Elsevier. ISBN 0-08-044299-4.
  4. Gaurav Takkar. "Short Term Programmes". punarbhava.in. Archived from the original on 15 November 2016. Retrieved 29 March 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  5. "Indo-Pakistani Sign Language", Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics
  6. "Urdu is Telangana's second official language". The Indian Express. 2017-11-16. Retrieved 2018-02-27.
  7. "Urdu is second official language in Telangana as state passes Bill". The News Minute. 2017-11-17. Retrieved 2018-02-27.
  8. "The World Fact Book". Central Intelligence Agency. Archived from the original on 16 July 2017. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  9. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Urdu". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  10. Aijazuddin Ahmad (2009). Geography of the South Asian Subcontinent: A Critical Approach. Concept Publishing Company. pp. 120–. ISBN 978-81-8069-568-1.
  11. Khalid, Kanwal. "LAHORE DURING THE GHANAVID PERIOD."
  12. "About Urdu". Afroz Taj (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 2008-02-26.

Other sourcesEdit