also, if you have studied linguistics from a historical perspective, do you know if hindi and urdu are really considered two distinct languages, or are they recognized as one? i hear many varying things on this. if we define language as communication, and someone who 'speaks' urdu can communicate with a person who 'speaks' hindi, then i suppose they are speaking one and the same language, no?
whenever a friend of mine from pakistan, and i, will converse in hindi, people immediately think 'oh you are speaking the same language' but at the core, this doesn't seem to settle with me. i feel that there are profound differences that are embedded in her pakistani culture and my indian culture that affect how we both see our language, even if much of the vocabulary is shared.