Urdu in Devanagari: Shifting orthographic practices and Muslim identity in Delhi

  title={Urdu in Devanagari: Shifting orthographic practices and Muslim identity in Delhi},
  author={Rizwan Ahmad},
  journal={Language in Society},
  pages={259 - 284}
  • Rizwan Ahmad
  • Published 24 May 2011
  • Sociology
  • Language in Society
Abstract In sociolinguistics, Urdu and Hindi are considered to be textbook examples of digraphia—a linguistic situation in which varieties of the same language are written in different scripts. Urdu has traditionally been written in the Arabic script, whereas Hindi is written in Devanagari. Analyzing the recent orthographic practice of writing Urdu in Devanagari, this article challenges the traditional ideology that the choice of script is crucial in differentiating Urdu and Hindi. Based on… 

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