The Importance Of Linguistic Nationalism


I read this weekend an article in the BBC that I interpreted as a good thing.  The article was discussing a recent decision of Pakistan’s Supreme Court to replace English with Urdu as the official language.

I should say at the outset here that I have never been to Pakistan and know nothing about its languages.  So why was I happy to see the Pakistan elevate Urdu as the official language?  This is the reason:  it shows that the dominance of English can be challenged.

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