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Roman Urdu and Use of Roman Urdu

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Urdu اردو, trans. Urdū, historically spelled Ordu) is an Indo-Aryan language of the Indo-Iranian branch, belonging to the Indo-European family of languages. It is Pakistan's main language. It developed under Persian and to a lesser degree Arabic and Turkic influence on apabhramshas during the Delhi Sultanate and Mughal Empire (15261858 AD) in South Asia.

Urdu is often contrasted with Hindi, another standardised form of Hindustani. The main differences between the two are that Standard Urdu is conventionally written in Nastaliq calligraphy style of the Perso-Arabic script and draws vocabulary more heavily from Persian and Arabic than Hindi, while Standard Hindi is conventionally written in Devanāgarī and draws vocabulary from Sanskrit comparatively more heavily. Some linguists nonetheless consider Urdu and Hindi to be two standardized forms of the same language,however others classify them separately due to sociolinguistic differences.

Online mostly users use ROMAN URDU, because of the lack of URDU writing softwares in the past Roman Urdu was and is more ppopular online. Roman Urdu is the name used for the Urdū language (as well as the Hindī language) written with the Roman alphabet.

According to the famous Urdū scholar Habib R. Sulemani: "Roman Urdu is strongly opposed by the traditional Arabic script lovers. Despite this opposition it is gaining popularity especially among the youth, who are using the Internet or are "cyber-citizens." Although, this script is under development and thus the net users are using the Roman script in their own ways. Popular websites like Jang Group has made a special portion for Roman Urdu. This is of great advantage for those who are not able to read the Arabic script. MSN, Yahoo and some desi-chat-rooms are working as laboratories for the evolving new script and language (Roman Urdu)." Because of the popularity there are many Roman Dictionaries available online such as ROMAN URDU DICTIONARY.

Updated 03-24-2008 at 06:52 AM by Kaleem

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  1. mehekk's Avatar
    gr8 article abt Roman Urdu ....Tfs...

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