[ilds] ILDS Digest, Vol 39, Issue 11_Urdu, Hindi and Hindustani

Bruce Redwine bredwine1968 at earthlink.net
Mon Jun 21 06:51:55 PDT 2010


Sumantra,

Thanks.  Any thoughts about Durrell's claim that his first language was Hindi, although his nanny at the time was Burmese, who presumably spoke Burmese and not Hindi.  I guess it is possible that there are Hindi speaking Burmese.


Bruce



On Jun 21, 2010, at 4:00 AM, Sumantra Nag wrote:

> Sorry, just sending this post again after rearranging the content and correcting a few typographical errors. Sumantra
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> Bruce,
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>> Actually Hindustani is a term used to describe the speech of modern India which is influenced by both Hindi and Urdu.
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>> Hindi is a language belonging to the Hindu heartland of India and is linked with the ancient Indian language Sanskrit, while Urdu has come from the Muslim countries. India was ruled by Mughal emperors settled in India during the medieval period before the British first came during  the seventeenth century to trade during the Mughal rule. Whereas the British later ruled from England, the Mughal emperors had settled in India.
>> Sumantra
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>> "MacNiven also notes Durrell's claims about speaking Urdu and does not see a contradiction, the two languages being dialects of Hindustani (p. 693, n. 35)."
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>> Message: 4
>>> Date: Sat, 19 Jun 2010 15:50:55 -0700
>>> From: Bruce Redwine <bredwine1968 at earthlink.net>
>>> Subject: Re: [ilds] "Our most exalted alumni was Lawrence Durrell"
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