Juliet Capulet (euphoric1dr) wrote in linguaphiles,
Juliet Capulet
euphoric1dr
linguaphiles

south asian languages

i'm not sure why, and maybe it's only me, but i feel that no one aspires to learn a south asian language with the same kind of ambition or motivation as portrayed by learning other languages. (not that other languages aren't fabulous or anything :) what are your thoughts, opinions on this? is it because in india, nearly everyone knows english, so no one sees any point to learning any of the regional dialects? i have been confused on this for awhile now. i might be biased, but when i hear my mom speaking to my grandmother on the phone for example, or we go to india and she settles so comfortably in her native tongue, it's the most beautiful sound! so why are people nowadays not really exerting the effort to learn hindi, bengali, gujarati, kannada..

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.
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