Urdu On The Internet By Ammara Khan

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Google's Urdu keyboard

Google’s Urdu keyboard

It is often speculated that the internet is a new and efficient form of imperialism that controls people’s minds and perceptions without physically invading their homes. As a result, many people believe that the internet is, essentially, an attempt to Anglicise the world. However, it should be noted that linguistic globalisation is a curious phenomenon that, while spreading English as the lingua-franca of the digital age, it has also forced a move towards the cultural revival of marginalised languages, creating an environment of multilingualism. The last two decades have witnessed a rapidly increasing presence of other languages, including Urdu, on the World Wide Web; To read the complete article click on the link below;