Institutionalization of National Language in Pakistan: Policymaking and Practices


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



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


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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Syed Kazmi, S. (2023). Institutionalization of National Language in Pakistan: Policymaking and Practices. Pakistan Languages and Humanities Review, 7(1), 12–19.