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foreigners’ language proficiency in pakistan – not just a utility

Even if you are one of those journalists who base their stories basically on what the taxi driver from the airport to the hotel tells them, it would give you the chance to understand what he really has on his mind, and not just what remains when you pit together the few English phrases he happily produces. Continue reading

Aluis Isprangar al-Tiroli – Aloys Sprenger: Beginn einer Suche

Promovierter Mediziner, diente Aloys Sprenger offiziell als Arzt für die East India Company von 1843 bis 1856 am Subkontinent. Dabei war er unter anderem Rektor des Dehli College in Dehli (heute Zakir Hussain College), Rektor der Ahlia Madrassa in Calcutta (heute Aliah University). In Dehli gründete er die Vernacular Tranlation Society, welche möglicherweise die erste Wochenzeitung am Subkontinent in einer Landessprache publizierte. Ausserdem war er Prüfer für Islamisches Recht in Lucknow – 150 Jahre bevor das Wort Sharia in Europa als diffuse, schlecht verstandene Bedrohung herumgeistert. Continue reading

Language Proficiency Necessity

When your language routinely obliges you to specify certain types of information, it forces you to be attentive to certain details in the world and to certain aspects of experience that speakers of other languages may not be required to think about all the time. And since such habits of speech are cultivated from the earliest age, it is only natural that they can settle into habits of mind that go beyond language itself, affecting your experiences, perceptions, associations, feelings, memories and orientation in the world. Continue reading

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