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Title: Sustainable Development and the Maintenance of Pakistan's Indigenous Languages
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Author: Joan L.G. Baart
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Institution: SIL International & University of North Dakota
Linguistic Field: Sociolinguistics
Abstract: This contribution explores the state of the indigenous languages of Pakistan, and the social and economic mechanisms that pose a threat to the country's rich linguistic heritage. All around the world, indigenous and minority cultures and languages are disappearing at an alarming rate. Pakistan itself is the home of some seventy different languages, many of which can be further divided into various distinct dialects. In Pakistan, too, the future viability of many of these unique language varieties is seriously endangered./L//L/As we consider these issues, we see that they are closely connected with the subject of sustainable development. One of the conclusions of the paper is that good, sustainable development is concerned with empowerment of local communities, and that efforts towards this purpose should build on the local cultures and languages and the knowledge encoded in them, rather than replace them.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Publication Info: In Iftikhar N. Hassan (ed.): Proceedings of the Conference on the State of Social Sciences and Humanities: Current Scenario and Emerging Trends, December 15-17, 2003, Islamabad, organized by the Committee on the Development of Social Sciences and Humanities (Higher Education Commission, Government of Pakistan) and UNESCO, Islamabad, p. 202-213

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