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  •  His wife works in Urdu (3+ / 0-)
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    ArkDem14, myrealname, MichaelNY

    which makes it seem more likely to me, but that's conjecture.  Urdu is more widely used in Pakistan.  Though it's not that dissimilar from Hindi.  My Hindi instructor told me that she had a roommate who spoke Urdu and they didn't realize that they were using different languages for months.

    Lewis & Clark Law class of 2015

    by James Allen on Sat May 26, 2012 at 01:48:37 AM PDT

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    •  Does speaking Urdu (1+ / 0-)
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      MichaelNY

      make you more likely to be Muslim, is that what you're saying?

      24, Practical Progressive Democrat (-4.75, -4.51), DKE Gay Caucus Majority Leader, IN-02; Swingnut. Barrett/Mitchell on June 5th, 2012!

      by HoosierD42 on Sat May 26, 2012 at 02:01:30 AM PDT

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      •  according to the first line of wiki (4+ / 0-)

        which knows all, Urdu "is identified with Muslims in South Asia."  Which corresponds with my educated guess.  And his name, which has Arabic/Persian heritage.

        Lewis & Clark Law class of 2015

        by James Allen on Sat May 26, 2012 at 02:29:43 AM PDT

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      •  Yes, not just more likely, that's the definition (2+ / 0-)
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        ArkDem14, MichaelNY

        Hindi-Urdu is very much like Serbo-Croatian, in that the differences between the two "languages" are really just cultural identity markers rather than linguistic divides. Which is to say, the same sentence spoken by Serb is Serbian, spoken by Croat is Croatian.  Likewise, a Hindi-Urdu sentence spoken by a Hindu is Hindi, spoken by a Muslim is Urdu.  

        In both cases, since 1947 and 1991, respectively, the codification of "Standard Hindi" and "Standard Urdu", or the same for "Serbian" and "Croatian", has led to some linguistic drift, but the two "languages" are still mutually intelligible.

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        by Marcus Graly on Sat May 26, 2012 at 06:51:13 AM PDT

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