Institutionalization of National Language in Pakistan: Policymaking and Practices

Authors

  • Dr. Sarah Syed Kazmi Assistant Professor, Department of English, Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology, Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.47205/plhr.2023(7-I)02

Keywords:

Institutionalization, Language Planning, Language Policies, National Language, Official Language, Indigenous, Heterogenous

Abstract

The objective of this research is to delve into the role of a singular national language in a linguistically heterogenous society and its socio-economic implications. The research employs mixed-method approach; drawing on the discursive as well as deductive methods to analyze the role of state policies, constitutional provisions, academic statutes and rapidly expanding contours of the global geo-politics on the status of national and official language. The research arrives at the conclusion that despite institutionalizing a language as the national language and conferring the official status upon it; the multi-tiered system of education stands out as a colonial legacy and poses a major stumbling block in the way of socio-economic progress. The colonial legacy continues in a self-sustained system of communication without being an overly colonial precept, camouflaged in terms, readily in common currency such as globalization and modernization.

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Published

2023-01-11

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How to Cite

Syed Kazmi, S. (2023). Institutionalization of National Language in Pakistan: Policymaking and Practices. Pakistan Languages and Humanities Review, 7(1), 12–19. https://doi.org/10.47205/plhr.2023(7-I)02