Gilgit-Baltistan:Languages and Linguistic Features of the Gilgit-Baltistan

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ISLAMABAD: The Department of Linguistics in Quaid-e-Azam University (QAU) organised a seminar on the topic of ‘Linguistics Sans Languages’ on Wednesday at the Seminar Hall of the School of Politics and International Relations.
The main objective of the seminar was to raise awareness on the issues of linguistics and to break the misperception that linguistics is part of English literature.
Department of Archaeology’s Dr Sky Mawks gave a detailed presentation on the languages and linguistic features of the Gilgit-Baltistan.
He said that transcription of one’s language is like one’s thumb impression, it forms a major part of our identity.
Department in charge of linguistics, Dr Ahsan Wagha, while briefing the participants about how the Department of Linguistics was started, he said that there was a stage when they wondered if the dream of establishing a Department of Linguistics would be realised.
However, he added, with the passage of time, changes at international level and the continuous work of writers of local languages started a debate on the importance of cultural languages, which eventually led to the establishment of the long awaited linguistics department.
Islamia University, Bahawalpur, Department of Saraiki’s, Professor Riaz Hussain Sindhar, in his presentation, highlighted some points on how to make the linguistics department a success.
Sindhar said that in Pakistan, unfortunately, the issue of language study has been politicised, and hence working for Sindhi, Saraiki, Balochi, Pashtu languages was seen as an affront to the national spirit, and that hindered the development of languages studies in Pakistan.
Department of Linguistics lecturer Shazia Akbar Ghilzai gave a presentation on Psycho and Neuro Linguistics.
She said that nobody can think without words, which make up a language, hence, languages are a medium of thought and a medium for all kinds of knowledge.
QAU Vice Chancellor Dr Masoom Yasinzai, in his concluding remarks, praised Dr Ahsan Wagha’s work in establishing the linguistics department.
He said that not only does he expect the department to research Pakistani languages and train linguistic experts, but he also hoped that the department becomes a source of research and understanding about our culture and traditions.

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