The Origin of the Urdu Language

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The national language of the Pakistani people or our ‘qaumi zuban’ is interestingly, one that most of us learn as a second language. Unlike our first language, it is learnt primarily as a written phenomenon.

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The Origin of the Urdu LanguageThe Origin of the Urdu Language:The national language of the Pakistani people or our qaumi zuban is interestingly, one that most of us learn as a second language. Unlike our first language, it is learnt primarily as a written phenomenon. In primary schools, the child encounters its alphabet alif bey pey. Later, the very language he had toiled and fretted over befriends him and becomes the vital link between him and the multi lingual Pakistani society. The name Urdu is derived from Turkish Ordu meaning army or horde. In 1645, Shah Jehan built the Delhi fort. The language spoken in the locality came to be termed Urdu. It had been known in the past by a host of other names; Hindvi, Hindi, Rekhta, Shah Jahani ,Deccani and Urdu-e-Mualla.Urdu is a member of the Hindustani group of languages which is a subgroup of the Indo Aryan group of languages. These languages genetically come under the Indo European family. Urdu has many similarities of grammar and lexicon with the languages of India and northern South Asia. The Punjabi language, written in the Shahmukhi script is very similar. However, spoken Punjabi has a different phonology and is not easily understood by Urdu speakers. The closest language to Urdu is Hindi. Theories of Urdus Origin:Urdu is synonymous to Pakistan, yet it is a mistake to think that it was created with it. Languages are not made in a day. They are a result of a complex proc

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