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PUNJABI (/pʌnˈdʒɑːbi/ ; Shahmukhi
Shahmukhi
: پنجاب ی paṉjābī; Gurmukhi
Gurmukhi
: ਪੰਜਾਬੀ pañjābī) is an Indo-Aryan language spoken by over 100 million native speakers worldwide, making it the 11th most widely spoken language (2015) in the world. It is the native language of the Punjabi people
Punjabi people
who inhabit the historical Punjab region of India
India
and Pakistan
Pakistan
. Among the Indo-European languages it is unusual in being a tonal language .

Punjabi is the most widely spoken language in Pakistan
Pakistan
, the 11th most widely spoken in India
India
and the third-most spoken native language in the Indian Subcontinent
Indian Subcontinent
. Punjabi is the fourth-most spoken language in the United Kingdom and third-most spoken native language (after English and French ) in Canada
Canada
. The language also has a significant presence in the United Arab Emirates
United Arab Emirates
, United States
United States
and Australia
Australia
. The Punjabi language
Punjabi language
is written in the Shahmukhi
Shahmukhi
and Gurmukhi
Gurmukhi
scripts, making it one of the relatively few languages written in more than one script.

CONTENTS

* 1 History

* 1.1 Etymology * 1.2 Origin * 1.3 Arabic
Arabic
and Persian influence on Punjabi

* 2 Geographic distribution

* 2.1 Pakistan
Pakistan
* 2.2 India
India
* 2.3 Punjabi diaspora

* 3 Official status

* 3.1 Modern Punjabi

* 3.1.1 Standard Punjabi

* 3.2 In modern culture

* 4 Dialects and related languages

* 4.1 Standard dialect

* 5 Phonology

* 5.1 Tone

* 6 Grammar * 7 Writing systems * 8 Sample text

* 9 Literature development

* 9.1 Medieval era, Mughal and Sikh
Sikh
period * 9.2 British Raj era and post-independence period

* 10 In Pakistan
Pakistan

* 10.1 Language demands in Punjab province

* 11 In India
India
* 12 Institutes working for Punjabi * 13 Software * 14 Gallery * 15 See also * 16 Notes * 17 References * 18 Further reading * 19 External links

HISTORY

Main article: History of the Punjabi language

ETYMOLOGY

The word Punjabi is derived from the word Panj-āb, Persian for "Five Waters", referring to the five major eastern tributaries of the Indus River . Panj is cognate with Sanskrit
Sanskrit
pañca and Greek πέντε (pénte) "five", and "āb" is cognate with the Av- of Avon. The historical Punjab region , now divided between India
India
and Pakistan, is defined physiographically by the Indus River
Indus River
and these five tributaries. One of the five, the Beas River , is a tributary of another, the Sutlej
Sutlej
.

ORIGIN

Punjabi developed from Sanskrit
Sanskrit
through Prakrit
Prakrit
languages and later Apabhraṃśa (Sanskrit: अपभ्रंश; corruption or corrupted speech) From 600 BC Sanskrit
Sanskrit
gave birth to many regional languages in different parts of India. All these languages are called Prakrit
Prakrit
(Sanskrit: प्राकृत prākṛta) collectively. Shauraseni Prakrit
Prakrit
was one of these Prakrit
Prakrit
languages, which was spoken in north and north-western India
India
and Punjabi and western dialects of Hindi
Hindi
developed from this Prakrit. Later in northern India Shauraseni Prakrit
Prakrit
gave rise to Shauraseni Aparbhsha, which was a degenerated form of Prakrit. Punjabi emerged as an Apabhramsha, a degenerated form of Prakrit, in the 7th century A.D. and became stable by the 10th century. By the 10th century, many Nath
Nath
poets were associated with earlier Punjabi works.

ARABIC AND PERSIAN INFLUENCE ON PUNJABI

Arabic
Arabic
and Persian influence in the historical Punjab region began with the late first millennium Muslim conquests on the Indian subcontinent . The Persian language
Persian language
was introduced in the subcontinent a few centuries later by various Persianized Central Asian Turkic and Afghan dynasties including that of Mahmud of Ghazni . Many Persian and Arabic
Arabic
words were incorporated in Punjabi. Punjabi has more Persian and Arabic
Arabic
vocabulary than Bengali , Marathi , and Gujarati due to the proximity of the Punjab with western Asia . It is noteworthy that the Hindustani language
Hindustani language
divided into Hindi, with more Sanskritisation, and Urdu, with more Persianisation, but in Punjabi both Sanskrit
Sanskrit
and Persian words are used with a liberal approach to language. Later, it was influenced by Portuguese and English , though these influences have been minor in comparison to Persian and Arabic. However, in India
India
English words in the official language are more widespread than Hindi
Hindi
.

GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTION

Punjabi is the most widely spoken language in Pakistan, the seventh-most widely spoken in India
India
and spoken Punjabi diaspora in various countries.

PAKISTAN

Map of showing geographical distribution of Punjabis in Pakistan in parrot green colour a book cover from Pakistan, written in Shahmukhi
Shahmukhi
script, which is used in Pakistan
Pakistan
See also: Languages of Pakistan
Pakistan

Punjabi is the most widely spoken language in Pakistan. Punjabi is the provincial language in the Punjab Province of Pakistan. Punjabi is spoken as a native language by over 44.15% of Pakistanis. About 70.0% of the people of Pakistan
Pakistan
speak Punjabi as either their first or second language, and for some as their third language. Lahore
Lahore
, the capital of the Punjab Province of Pakistan, is the largest Punjabi-speaking city in the world. 86% of the total population of Lahore
Lahore
is native Punjabi and Islamabad
Islamabad
, the capital of Pakistan, is 72% native Punjabis at 3rd after Faisalabad where 98.2% are native. There are also large number of Punjabi speakers in Karachi
Karachi
.

CENSUS HISTORY OF PUNJABI SPEAKERS IN PAKISTAN YEAR POPULATION OF PAKISTAN PERCENTAGE PUNJABI SPEAKERS

1951 33,740,167 57.08% 22,632,905

1961 42,880,378 56.39% 28,468,282

1972 65,309,340 56.11% 43,176,004

1981 84,253,644 48.17% 40,584,980

1998 132,352,279 44.15% 58,433,431

PROVINCES OF PAKISTAN BY PUNJABI SPEAKERS (2008) RANK DIVISION PUNJABI SPEAKERS PERCENTAGE

– PAKISTAN 106,335,300 60% (inc Saraiki and Hindko
Hindko
dialects )

1 Punjab 70,671,704 92.6%

2 Sindh 4,592,261 10%

3 Islamabad
Islamabad
Capital Territory 1,343,625 72.66%

4 Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
7,396,085 21%

5 Balochistan 318,745 2.52%

In the 1981 National Census of Pakistan
Pakistan
the Saraiki , Pothohari and Hindko
Hindko
dialects of the Western Punjabi were accorded the status of separate languages, which explains the decrease of the percentage of Punjabi speakers.

INDIA

See also: States of India
India
by Punjabi speakers "Jallianwala Bagh " written in Hindi, Punjabi, and English in Amritsar
Amritsar
, India
India
. Areas of the Indian subcontinent where Punjabi is spoken.

Punjabi is spoken as a native language, second language, or third language by about 30 million people in India. Punjabi is the official language of the Indian states of Punjab, Haryana
Haryana
and Delhi. Some of its major urban centres in northern India
India
are Ambala
Ambala
, Ludhiana
Ludhiana
, Amritsar
Amritsar
, Chandigarh
Chandigarh
, Jalandhar
Jalandhar
, and Delhi
Delhi
.

CENSUS HISTORY OF PUNJABI SPEAKERS IN INDIA YEAR POPULATION OF INDIA PUNJABI SPEAKERS IN INDIA PERCENTAGE

1971 548,159,652 14,108,443 2.57%

1981 665,287,849 19,611,199 2.95%

1991 838,583,988 23,378,744 2.79%

2001 1,028,610,328 29,102,477 2.83%

PUNJABI DIASPORA

Main article: Punjabi diaspora Southall Station (United Kingdom) sign in Punjabi, in the Gurmukhī script

Punjabi is also spoken as a minority language in several other countries where Punjabi people
Punjabi people
have emigrated in large numbers, such as the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom, and Canada, where it is the fourth-most-commonly used language, . There were 76 million Punjabi speakers in Pakistan
Pakistan
in 2008, 33 million in India
India
in 2011, 1.3 million in the UK in 2000, 368,000 in Canada
Canada
in 2006, and smaller numbers in other countries.

OFFICIAL STATUS

Despite Punjabi's rich literary history, it was not until 1947 that it would be recognized as an official language. Previous governments in the area of the Punjab had favoured Persian, Hindustani, or even earlier standardised versions of local registers as the language of the court or government. After the annexation of the Sikh Empire
Sikh Empire
by the British East India
India
Company following the Second Anglo-Sikh War in 1849, the British policy of establishing a uniform language for administration was expanded into the Punjab. The British Empire employed Hindi
Hindi
and Urdu
Urdu
in its administration of North-Central and North-West India, while in the North-East of India, Bengali was used as the language of administration. Despite its lack of official sanction, the Punjabi language
Punjabi language
continued to flourish as an instrument of cultural production, with rich literary traditions continuing until modern times. The Sikh
Sikh
religion, with its Gurmukhi
Gurmukhi
script, played a special role in standardising and providing education in the language via Gudwaras , while writers of all religions continued to produce poetry, prose, and literature in the language.

In India, Punjabi is one of the 22 scheduled languages of India
India
. It is the first official language of the Indian State of Punjab . Punjabi also has second language official status in Delhi
Delhi
along with Urdu, and in Haryana
Haryana
. In Pakistan, no regional ethnic language has been granted official status at the national level, and as such Punjabi is not an official language at the national level, even though it is the most spoken language in Pakistan
Pakistan
after Urdu. It is, however, the official provincial language of Punjab, Pakistan
Pakistan
, the second largest and the most populous province of Pakistan
Pakistan
as well as in Islamabad
Islamabad
Capital Territory. The only two official national languages in Pakistan
Pakistan
are Urdu
Urdu
and English , which are considered the lingua francas of Pakistan.

MODERN PUNJABI

Gurmukhi
Gurmukhi
alphabet excluding vowels

Standard Punjabi

* Punjabi is spoken in many dialects in an area from Islamabad
Islamabad
to Delhi
Delhi
. The Majhi dialect has been adopted as standard Punjabi in Pakistan
Pakistan
and India
India
for education, media etc. The Majhi (in Shahmukhi ماجھی، in Gurumukhi ਮਾਝੀ) dialect originated in the Majha region of the Punjab. The Majha region consists central districts of Pakistani Punjab and in India
India
around Amritsar
Amritsar
and Gurdaspur
Gurdaspur
regions, known. The two most important cities in this area are Lahore
Lahore
and Amritsar. * In India
India
technical words in Standard Punjabi are loaned from Sanskrit
Sanskrit
similarly to other major Indian languages, but it generously uses Arabic, Persian, and English words also in the official language. In India, Punjabi is written in the Gurumukhī script in offices, schools, and media. Gurumukhi is considered the standard script for Punjabi, though it is often unofficially written in the Devanagari
Devanagari
or Latin scripts due to influence from Hindi
Hindi
and English , India's two primary official languages at the Union -level. * In Pakistan, Punjabi is generally written using the Shahmukhī script, created from a modification of the Persian Nastaʿlīq script . In Pakistan, Punjabi loans technical words from Persian and Arabic languages, just like Urdu
Urdu
does.

IN MODERN CULTURE

Punjabi is becoming more acceptable among Punjabis in modern media and communications. Punjabi has always been an integral part of Indian cinema. A large number of Hindi
Hindi
movies now incorporate Punjabi vocabulary in music and dialogue. Punjabi pop and folk songs are very popular both in India
India
and Pakistan
Pakistan
at the national level. The number of students opting for Punjabi literature
Punjabi literature
has increased in Pakistani Punjab. Punjabi cinema
Punjabi cinema
in India
India
has also seen a revival and more and more Punjabi movies are being produced. In India, the number of students opting for Punjabi Literature as an optional subject in IAS examinations has increased along with the success rate of the students. Punjabi music is very popular today throughout the world.

DIALECTS AND RELATED LANGUAGES

Main article: Punjabi dialects
Punjabi dialects
Dialects of Punjabi language
Punjabi language

Punjabi has variously been assigned to either the Northwestern group of Indo-Aryan (together with Lahnda and Sindhi ) or to the Central group (together with Hindi
Hindi
). The major dialects of Punjabi include Majhi , Doabi , Malwai , Powadhi , Pothohari , and Multani . Others are Shahpuri or Sargodha dialect , Dhani , Jhangochi/Changvi, Jangli/Rachnavi, Hindko, Jandali , Jafri/Khetrani , Chenavari etc.

STANDARD DIALECT

The Majhi (ماجھ ی ਮਾਝੀ) dialect spoken around Amritsar and Lahore
Lahore
is Punjabi's prestige dialect . Majhi is spoken in the heart of Punjab in the region of Majha , which spans Lahore
Lahore
, Amritsar , Gurdaspur
Gurdaspur
, Kasur , Tarn Taran , Faisalabad , Nankana Sahib , Pathankot , Okara , Pakpattan , Sahiwal , Narowal , Sheikhupura , Sialkot , Chiniot , Gujranwala and Gujrat districts. Majhi retains the nasal consonants /ŋ / and /ɲ /, which have been superseded elsewhere by non-nasals /ɡ / and /d͡ʒ / respectively. The Majhi (and Lahnda) spoken in Pakistan
Pakistan
is more Persianized in vocabulary, and the usage of the sounds /z /, /x / and /ɣ / is more common. (In the following table, it should be noted that tabbar in both dialects is informal)

ENGLISH GURMUKHI BASED (INDIA) SHAHMUKHI BASED (PAKISTAN)

President ਰਾਸ਼ਟਰਪਤੀ (rāśtarpatī) صدرمملک ت (sadar-e mulmikat)

Article ਲੇਖ (lēkh) مضمو ن (mazmūn)

Prime Minister ਪਰਧਾਨ ਮੰਤਰੀ (pardhān mantarī) وزیراعظ م (wazir-e aʿzam)

Family ਪਰਵਾਰ/ਟੱਬਰ (parvār/ṭabbar) ٹبّر/خاندا ن (khāndān/ṭabbar)

Philosophy ਫ਼ਲਸਫ਼ਾ/ਦਰਸ਼ਨ (falsafā/darśan) فلسفہ (falsafā)

Capital ਰਾਜਧਾਨੀ (rājdhānī) دارالحکوم ت (dārul haqūmat)

Viewer ਦਰਸ਼ਕ (darśak) ناظری ن (nāzrīn)

In India, Punjabi is written in Gurmukhī , a standardised script. The word Gurmukhi
Gurmukhi
translates into 'from the Guru's mouth'. In Pakistan, the Shahmukhī script, meaning "from the King's mouth", based on the Persian abjad is used.

PHONOLOGY

VOWELS

FRONT CENTRAL BACK

CLOSE i(ː) ਈ

u(ː) ਊ

NEAR-CLOSE ɪ ਇ

ʊ ਉ

CLOSE-MID e(ː) ਏ

o(ː) ਓ

MID

ə ਅ

OPEN-MID ɛ(ː) ਐ

ɔ(ː) ਔ

OPEN

a(ː) ਆ

The long vowels (the vowels with ) also have nasal analogues .

CONSONANTS

LABIAL Dental / Alveolar RETROFLEX PALATAL VELAR GLOTTAL

NASAL m ਮ n ਨ ɳ ਣ ɲ ਞ ŋ ਙ

Stop / Affricate TENUIS p ਪ t̪ ਤ ʈ ਟ t͡ʃ ਚ k ਕ

ASPIRATED pʰ ਫ t̪ʰ ਥ ʈʰ ਠ t͡ʃʰ ਛ kʰ ਖ

VOICED b ਬ d̪ ਦ ɖ ਡ d͡ʒ ਜ ɡ ਗ

FRICATIVE VOICELESS f ਫ਼ s ਸ

ʃ ਸ਼ (x ਖ਼)

VOICED

z ਜ਼

(ɣ ਗ਼)

FLAP

ɾ ਰ ɽ ੜ

APPROXIMANT ʋ ਵ l ਲ ɻ ਲ਼ j ਯ

ɦ ਹ

TONE

Punjabi has three phonemically distinct tones that developed from the lost murmured (or "voiced aspirate") series of consonants. Phonetically the tones are rising or rising-falling contours and they can span over one syllable or two, but phonemically they can be distinguished as high, mid, and low.

A historical murmured consonant (voiced aspirate consonant) in word initial position became tenuis and left a low tone on the two syllables following it: ghoṛā "horse". A stem-final murmured consonant became modally voiced and left a high tone on the two syllables preceding it: māgh "October". A stem-medial murmured consonant which appeared after a short vowel and before a long vowel became modally voiced and left a low tone on the two syllables following it: maghāuṇā "to have something lit". Other syllables have mid tone.

GRAMMAR

Main article: Punjabi grammar

The grammar of the Punjabi language
Punjabi language
concerns the word order, case marking, verb conjugation, and other morphological and syntactic structures of the Punjabi language. The main article discusses the grammar of Modern Standard Punjabi as defined by the sources cited therein.

WRITING SYSTEMS

Main articles: Shahmukhī alphabet , Gurmukhī alphabet , and Punjabi braille

SHAHMUKHI ALPHABET

ا ب
ب
پ ت ٹ ث ج چ ح خ د ڈ ذ ر ڑ ز ژ س ش ص ض ط ظ ع غ ف ق ک گ
گ
ل م ن و ه ھ
ھ
ء ی ے

------------------------- Extended Perso-Arabic script
Perso-Arabic script

* History * Transliteration * Diacritics * Hamza * Numerals * Numeration

* v * t * e

Punjabi has two major writing systems in use: Gurmukhi, which is a Brahmic script derived from the Laṇḍā script , and Shahmukhi, which is an Arabic
Arabic
script . The word Gurmukhi
Gurmukhi
translates into "Guru's mouth", and Shahmukhi
Shahmukhi
means "from the King's mouth".

In the Punjab province of Pakistan, the script used is Shahmukhi
Shahmukhi
and differs from the Urdu
Urdu
alphabet in having four additional letters. In the Indian states of Punjab , Haryana
Haryana
and Delhi
Delhi
and other parts of India, the Gurmukhī script is generally used for writing Punjabi. Historically, various local Brahmic scripts
Brahmic scripts
including Laṇḍā were also in use.

SAMPLE TEXT

This sample text was taken from the Punjabi article on Lahore
Lahore
.

GURMUKHI : ਲਹੌਰ ਪਾਕਿਸਤਾਨੀ ਪੰਜਾਬ ਦੀ ਰਾਜਧਾਨੀ ਹੈ । ਲੋਕ ਗਿਣਤੀ ਦੇ ਨਾਲ ਕਰਾਚੀ ਤੋਂ ਬਾਅਦ ਲਹੌਰ ਦੂਜਾ ਸਭ ਤੋਂ ਵੱਡਾ ਸ਼ਹਿਰ ਹੈ । ਲਹੌਰ ਪਾਕਿਸਤਾਨ ਦਾ ਸਿਆਸੀ, ਰਹਤਲੀ ਤੇ ਪੜ੍ਹਾਈ ਦਾ ਗੜ੍ਹ ਹੈ ਅਤੇ ਇਸ ਲਈ ਇਹਨੂੰ ਪਾਕਿਸਤਾਨ ਦਾ ਦਿਲ ਵੀ ਕਿਹਾ ਜਾਂਦਾ ਹੈ । ਲਹੌਰ ਦਰਿਆ-ਏ-ਰਾਵੀ ਦੇ ਕੰਢੇ ਤੇ ਵਸਦਾ ਹੈ । ਤੇ ਇਸਦੀ ਲੋਕ ਗਿਣਤੀ ਇੱਕ ਕਰੋੜ ਦੇ ਨੇੜੇ ਹੈ ।

SHAHMUKHI : لہو ر پاکستان ی پنجا ب
ب
دا دارالحکوم ت اے۔ لوک گنت ی د ے نا ل کراچی توں بع د لاهو ر دوج ا سب ھ
ھ
توں وڈ ا شہ ر اے۔ لاهو ر پاکستا ن د ا سیاسی، رہتل ی تے پڑھائ ی د ا گڑ ھ
ھ
ا ے ت ے ا س لئ ی ایھنوں پاکستا ن د ا د ل و ی کیھ ا جاند ا اے۔ لاهور دریاۓ راو ی د ے کنڈھ ے ت ے وسد ا ۔ ا ے اسدی لوک گنت ی اک کرو ڑ د ے نیڑ ے ا ے ۔

TRANSLITERATION : lahaur pākistānī panjāb dī rājdā̀ni ài. lok giṇtī de nāḷ karācī tõ bāad lahaur dūjā sáb tõ vaḍḍā šáir ài. lahor pākistān dā siāsī, rátalī te paṛā̀ī dā gáṛ ài te is laī ínū̃ pākistān dā dil vī kihā jāndā ài. lahaur dariāe rāvī de kaṇḍè te vasdā ài. te isdī lok giṇtī ikk karoṛ de neṛe ài.

TRANSLATION : Lahore
Lahore
is the capital city of the Pakistani Punjab. After a number of people from Karachi
Karachi
, Lahore
Lahore
is the second largest city. Lahore
Lahore
is Pakistan's political stronghold and education capital and so it is also the heart of Pakistan
Pakistan
. Lahore
Lahore
lies on the bank of the Ravi River . And, its population is close to ten million people.

IPA :

LITERATURE DEVELOPMENT

Main article: Punjabi literature
Punjabi literature

MEDIEVAL ERA, MUGHAL AND SIKH PERIOD

* The earliest Punjabi literature
Punjabi literature
is found in the fragments of writings of the 11th Nath
Nath
yogis (ਨਾਥਯੋਗੀ, ناتھیوگی) Gorakshanath and Charpatnah which is primarily spiritual and mystical in tone. Fariduddin Ganjshakar
Fariduddin Ganjshakar
of Pak Pattan is generally recognised as the first major poet of the Punjabi language. Roughly from the 11th century to 19th century, many great Sufi
Sufi
saints and poets preached in the Punjabi language. Bulle Shah is considered one of the greatest Sufi
Sufi
poets. Punjabi Sufi
Sufi
poetry developed under Shah Hussain (1538–1599), Sultan Bahu
Sultan Bahu
(1628–1691), Shah Sharaf (1640–1724), Ali Haider (1690–1785), Saleh Muhammad Safoori (son of Hazrat Mai Safoora Qadiriyya , whom Ali Haider had given great tribute) and Bulleh Shah (1680–1757).

Great Punjabi poet Waris Shah
Waris Shah
Sufi
Sufi
poets have enriched Punjabi literature
Punjabi literature

* The Sikh
Sikh
religion originated in the 15th century in the Punjab region and Punjabi is the predominant language spoken by Sikhs. Most portions of the Guru Granth Sahib
Guru Granth Sahib
use the Punjabi language
Punjabi language
written in Gurmukhi
Gurmukhi
, though Punjabi is not the only language used in Sikh scriptures . Varan Gyan Ratnavali by 16th century historian Bhai Gurdas

The Janamsakhis
Janamsakhis
(ਜਨਮਸਾਖੀ, جن م ساکھی), stories on the life and legend of Guru Nanak (1469–1539), are early examples of Punjabi prose literature.

* The Punjabi language
Punjabi language
is famous for its rich literature of QISSE (ਕਿੱਸੇ, قصّے), most of the which are about love, passion, betrayal, sacrifice, social values and a common man's revolt against a larger system. The qissa of Heer Ranjha
Heer Ranjha
by Waris Shah (1706–1798) is among the most popular of Punjabi qissas. Other popular stories include Sohni Mahiwal
Sohni Mahiwal
by Fazal Shah, Mirza Sahiban by Hafiz Barkhudar (1658–1707), Sassui Punnhun by Hashim Shah (c. 1735–c. 1843), and Qissa Puran Bhagat by Qadaryar (1802–1892). * Heroic ballads known as Vaar (ਵਾਰ, وار) enjoy a rich oral tradition in Punjabi. Famous Vaars areChandi di Var (1666–1708), Nadir Shah
Nadir Shah
Di Vaar by Najabat,Jangnama of Shah Mohammad (1780–1862).

BRITISH RAJ ERA AND POST-INDEPENDENCE PERIOD

Ghadar di Gunj
Ghadar di Gunj
1913, newspaper in Punjabi of Ghadar Party
Ghadar Party
, US-based Indian revolutionary party

The Victorian novel, Elizabethan drama, free verse and Modernism entered Punjabi literature
Punjabi literature
through the introduction of British education during the Raj. Nanak Singh (1897–1971), Vir Singh, Ishwar Nanda, Amrita Pritam (1919–2005), Puran Singh (1881–1931), Dhani Ram Chatrik (1876–1957), Diwan Singh (1897–1944) and Ustad Daman (1911–1984), Mohan Singh (1905–78) and Shareef Kunjahi are some legendary Punjabi writers of this period.

After independence of Pakistan
Pakistan
and India
India
Najm Hossein Syed, Fakhar Zaman and Afzal Ahsan Randhawa, Shafqat Tanvir Mirza , Ahmad Salim , and Najm Hosain Syed , Munir Niazi
Munir Niazi
, Pir Hadi abdul Mannan enriched Punjabi literature
Punjabi literature
in Pakistan, whereas Amrita Pritam (1919–2005), Jaswant Singh Rahi (1930–1996), Shiv Kumar Batalvi (1936–1973), Surjit Patar
Surjit Patar
(1944–) and Pash (1950–1988) are some of the more prominent poets and writers from India.

IN PAKISTAN

When Pakistan
Pakistan
was created in 1947, although Punjabi was the majority language, English and Urdu
Urdu
were chosen as the national languages. The selection of Urdu
Urdu
was due to its association with South Asian Muslim nationalism and because the leaders of the new nation wanted a unifying national language instead of promoting one ethnic group's language over another. Broadcasting in Punjabi language
Punjabi language
by Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation decreased on TV and radio after 1947. Article 251 of the Constitution of Pakistan
Pakistan
declares that that these two languages would be the only official languages at the national level, while provincial governments would be allowed to make provisions for the use of other languages. Eventually, Punjabi was granted status as a provincial language in Punjab Province, while the Sindhi language was given official status in 1972 after 1972 Language violence in Sindh .

Despite gaining official recognition at the provincial level, Punjabi is not a language of instruction for primary or secondary school students in Punjab Province (unlike Sindhi and Pashto
Pashto
in other provinces). Pupils in secondary schools can choose the language as an elective, while Punjabi instruction or study remains rare in higher education. One notable example is the teaching of Punjabi language
Punjabi language
and literature by the University of the Punjab
University of the Punjab
in Lahore
Lahore
which began in 1970 with the establishment of its Punjabi Department.

In the cultural sphere, there are many books, plays, and songs being written or produced in the Punjabi-language in Pakistan. Until the 1970s, there were a large number of Punjabi-language films being produced by the Lollywood film industry, however since then Urdu
Urdu
has become a much more dominant language in film production. Additionally, television channels in Punjab Province (centred on the Lahore
Lahore
area) are broadcast in Urdu. The preeminence of Urdu
Urdu
in both broadcasting and the Lollywood film industry is seen by critics as being detrimental to the health of the language.

LANGUAGE DEMANDS IN PUNJAB PROVINCE

A demonstration by Punjabis at Lahore, Pakistan
Pakistan
demanding to make Punjabi official language of Punjab and Pakistan
Pakistan
as well

The use of Urdu
Urdu
and English as the near exclusive languages of broadcasting, the public sector, and formal education have led some to fear that Punjabi in Pakistan
Pakistan
is being relegated to a low-status language and that it is being denied an environment where it can flourish. Several prominent educational leaders, researchers, and social commentators have echoed the opinion that the intentional promotion of Urdu
Urdu
and the continued denial of any official sanction or recognition of the Punjabi language
Punjabi language
amounts to a process of "Urdu-isation" that is detrimental to the health of the Punjabi language In August 2015, the Pakistan
Pakistan
Academy of Letters, International Writer’s Council (IWC) and World Punjabi Congress (WPC) organised the Khawaja Farid Conference and demanded that a Punjabi-language university should be established in Lahore
Lahore
and that Punjabi language
Punjabi language
should be declared as the medium of instruction at the primary level. In September 2015, a case was filed in Supreme Court of Pakistan
Pakistan
against Government of Punjab, Pakistan
Pakistan
as it did not take any step to implement the Punjabi language
Punjabi language
in the province. Additionally, several thousand Punjabis gather in Lahore
Lahore
every year on International Mother Language Day .

Hafiz Saeed , chief of Jama'at-ud-Da'wah (JuD) has questioned Pakistan's decision to adopt Urdu
Urdu
as its national language in a country where majority of people speak Punjabi language, citing his interpretation of Islamic doctrine as encouraging education in the mother-tongue. The list of thinktanks, political organisations, cultural projects, and individuals that demand authorities at the national and provincial level to promote the use of the language in the public and official spheres includes:

* Cultural and research institutes: Punjabi Adabi Board, the Khoj Garh Research Centre, Punjabi Prachar, Institute for Peace and Secular Studies, Adbi Sangat, Khaaksaar Tehreek, Saanjh, Maan Boli Research Centre, Punjabi Sangat Pakistan, Punjabi Markaz, Sver International * Trade unions and youth groups: Punjabi Writers Forum, National Students Federation, Punjabi Union-Pakistan, Punjabi National Conference, National Youth Forum, Punjabi Writers Forum, National Students Federation, Punjabi Union, Pakistan, and the Punjabi National Conference. * Notable activists include Tariq Jatala, Farhad Iqbal, Diep Saeeda, Khalil Ojla, Afzal Sahir, Jamil Ahmad Paul, Mazhar Tirmazi, Mushtaq Sufi, Biya Je, Tohid Ahmad Chattha and Bilal Shaker Kahaloon, Nazeer Kahut

There are also several political organisations that openly endorse the promotion of Urdu
Urdu
as "unifying" national language, such as the Muttahida Quami Movement, Communist Party of Pakistan
Pakistan
Choorian , released in 1998, became the highest-grossing domestic film of all-time, until 2007. It uses Punjabi as one of popular public languages of Pakistan
Pakistan

IN INDIA

At the federal level, Punjabi has official status via the Eighth Schedule to the Indian Constitution . At the state level, Punjabi is the sole official language of the state of Punjab, while it has secondary official status in the states of Haryana
Haryana
and Delhi.

Both federal and state laws specify the use of Punjabi in the field of education. The state of Punjab uses the Three Language Formula, and Punjabi is required to be either the medium of instruction, or one of the three languages learnt in all schools in Punjab. Punjabi is also a compulsory language in Haryana, and other states with a significant Punjabi speaking minority are required to offer Punjabi medium education.

There is a vibrant Punjabi language
Punjabi language
movie industry in India, however Punjabi has a much smaller presence in television. Despite Punjabi having far greater official recognition in India, attitudes of the Punjabi speaking elite towards the language are ambivalent as they are in neighboring Pakistan. :37 There are also claims of state apathy towards the language in non-Punjabi majority states.

INSTITUTES WORKING FOR PUNJABI

* PUNJABI UNIVERSITY It was established on the 30 April 1962, and is only the second university in the world to be named after a language, after Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
.

* Research Centre for Punjabi Language Technology, Punjabi University, Patiala. It is working for development of core technologies for Punjabi, Digitisation of basic materials, online Punjabi teaching, developing software for office use in Punjabi, provinding common platform to Punjabi cyber community. MACHINE TRANSLATION TOOL for Punjabi to Hindi, Punjabi to Urdu
Urdu
nad vice versa and MACHINE TRANSLITERATION SYSTEM between Gurumukhi and Shahmukhi scripts are very popular. * Punjabipedia an online encyclopaedia is also launched by Patiala university in 2014.

* THE DHAHAN PRIZE: The Dhahan Prize was created award literary works produced in Punjabi around the world. The Prize encourages new writing by awarding $25,000 CDN annually to one "best book of fiction" published in either of the two Punjabi scripts, GURMUKHI or SHAHMUKHI. Two second prizes of $5,000 CDN are also awarded, with the provision that both scripts are represented among the three winners. The Dhahan Prize is awarded by Canada
Canada
India
India
Education Society (CIES).

SOFTWARE

* Software are available for Punjabi language
Punjabi language
for almost all platforms. These software are mainly in Gurmukhi
Gurmukhi
script. Nowadays, nearly all Punjabi newspapers, magazines, journals, and periodicals are composed on computers via various Punjabi software programmes, the most widespread of which is InPage Desktop Publishing package. MICROSOFT has included Punjabi language
Punjabi language
support in all new versions of Windows and both Windows Vista , Mircrsoft Office 2007 , 2010 and 2013, are available in Punjabi through the Language Interface Pack support. Most LINUX Desktop distributions allow the easy installation of Punjabi support and translations as well. APPLE implemented the Punjabi language
Punjabi language
keyboard across Mobile devices . GOOGLE also provides many applications in Punjabi, like Google
Google
Search, Google Translate and Google
Google
Punjabi Input Tools.

GALLERY

*

Book about Punjabi in Shahmukhi
Shahmukhi
*

Guru Granth Sahib
Guru Granth Sahib
in Gurmukhi
Gurmukhi
*

Punjabi Gurmukhi
Gurmukhi
script *

Punjabi Shahmukhi
Shahmukhi
script *

Bhulay Shah poetry in Punjabi ( Shahmukhi
Shahmukhi
script) *

Munir Niazi
Munir Niazi
poetry in Punjabi ( Shahmukhi
Shahmukhi
script) *

Gurmukhi
Gurmukhi
alphabet *

Punjabi Bible New Testament Published : 1815 *

A book of poetry written by Bhai Vir Singh

SEE ALSO

* Punjab portal * Languages portal

* Punjabi * Languages of Pakistan
Pakistan
* Languages of India
India
* List of Indian languages by total speakers * List of Punjabi-language newspapers * Hindi-to-Punjabi Machine Translation System * Punjabi cinema
Punjabi cinema

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REFERENCES

* Grierson, George A. 1904–1928. Grierson\'s Linguistic Survey of India. Calcutta. * Masica, Colin. 1991. The Indo-Aryan languages. Cambridge Univ. Press.

FURTHER READING

* Bhatia, Tej. 1993 and 2010. Punjabi : a cognitive-descriptive grammar. London: Routledge. Series: Descriptive grammars. * Gill H.S. and Gleason, H.A. 1969. A reference grammar of Punjabi. Revised edition. Patiala, Punjab, India: Languages Department, Punjab University. * Shackle, C. 1972. Punjabi. London: English Universities Press. * Chopra, R. M., Perso- Arabic
Arabic
Words in Punjabi, in: Indo-Iranica Vol.53 (1–4). * Chopra, R. M.., The Legacy of The Punjab, 1997, Punjabee Bradree, Calcutta. * Singh, Chander Shekhar (2004). Punjabi Prosody: The Old Tradition and The New Paradigm. Sri Lanka: Polgasowita: Sikuru Prakasakayo. * Singh, Chander Shekhar (2014). Punjabi Intonation: An Experimental Study. Muenchen: LINCOM EUROPA.

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