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Language of war and peace

Austrian linguistic philosopher Wittgenstein says, “The meaning of a word is its use in the language.” This implies that words do not have intrinsic meanings in language themselves, and they…

The languages of history

In Pakistan, there are not many writers who write about history in Urdu or any other regional language, with an independent and objective lens. But there are certain writers who…

History, language and Sufism

Seldom does one come across two books by the same writer that enchant readers so deeply. As a student of history and languages, I am compelled to share my impression…

How a language dies

A language dies when nobody speaks it anymore. Why a language dies is a pertinent question asked by linguists and activists alike. Linguists and activists across the world have shown…

Whose language is it anyway?

Recently, a person from the village that one of the writers of this piece comes from approached him about applying to the Prime Minister’s Youth Skill Development Program (PMYSDP). This…

Promoting mother languages

The Indus Cultural Forum (ICF) has been organizing the Pakistan Mother Languages Literature (PMLL) Festival in Islamabad for the last eight years. It coincides with the International Mother Language Day…

What endangers a language?

Students of the Institute of Management Sciences, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) organized a two-day literary and academic event called Peshawar Literary Festival on February 4 and 5, soon after the January…

How not to lose a language

Researchers at Harvard conducted a longitudinal study in which they found out that the two main factors essential for maintaining sound health and longevity are – much to our surprise…

Language Day

LAST Monday was International Mother Language Day. In Pakistan some seminars were held but they had no impact on the national discourse. Few in this country consider language a significant…

HEC holds training of English teachers

The National Academy of Higher Education (NAHE) of the Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan held a two-day training programme for English language teachers of different universities and affiliated colleges across…