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I. Practices Of Codification

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Hindi and Urdu are often described as sister languages or even "identical twins who have chosen to dress themselves as differently as possible". This chapter illustrates how the denominations of Hindi and Urdu and the cultural space allotted to both languages have changed over time in grammars and language textbooks. Many of the introductions to the language courses and grammars also indicates the author's attitude towards both languages and their interrelationship in the 19th and 20th century. This lends insight into the linguistic situation during the lives of the authors studied in this research. Finally, it becomes clear that throughout this period of time, the authors of language courses and grammars presented in the chapter find themselves having to choose between representing actual spoken language and complying with language politics.

Keywords: grammars; Hindi; language courses; language politics; language textbooks; Urdu



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