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The Express Tribune,Pakistan News

Published Date: Jun 1, 2013

Humorous side of the Punjabi-Urdu marriage

A
variety of marked Punjabi features are mapped onto speech that is perfectly
understandable to Urdu-speakers. These are used to deploy the characteristic of
“Punjabi-ness” which has a certain negative or humorous connotation when used
during Urdu utterances.

This
was stated at a lecture titled "Karachi Weds Lahore: Urdu-Punjabi language
mixing and the performance of ethnolinguistic identities in Pakistani TV
comedy" by Gwen Kirk, visiting research fellow, American Institute of Pakistan
Studies here on Friday.

It
was organized by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), according to
a press release.

She
spoke about her study on language, identity, and stereotyping with a broader
understanding of the Pakistani sociolinguistic situation.

The
lecture shared the result of a study on a comedic television serial that aired
during Ramadan 2012, which revolved around the culture clash between a Mohajir
family from Karachi and a Punjabi family from Lahore as their attempt to
arrange a marriage between their families.

In
her remarks, Gwen highlighted that the study investigates the characteristics
of "mock" Punjabi in Pakistani popular media

She
also discussed the issues of ethnicity, inter-city rivalry and gender biases
due to cultural differences.