Is Hazaragi a Dialect or a Language?

Hazaragi language

Much has been said on this issue and yet more coming. Some Hazaras accept Hazaragi being a language while some on other hand simply term it a dialect instead of a language. However, in the meantime, there is a huge silent majority, who seems to be undecided whether to accept Hazaragi as a language or a dialect.  

Those who oppose Hazaragi being a language unfortunately come up with the emotional comments rather than academic, practical or rational ones. While those who favour Hazaragi being a language adopt cautious approach by inviting the opponents to look into the academic and historical backgrounds of Hazara community instead of straight forward blatant comments.

Teaching English language for the last 12 years including six years in UK colleges has now pushed me into the matter to convey some serious messages than absurd notes.

Before commenting on Hazaragi language, let’s look into English language we speak today. Do we really know whether it existed 1000-year before as a formal language? It was around 15th century when some intellectuals including William Shakespeare started bringing English into a proper shape through his literary works. He is said to have individually injected 2000 new words into English language.  I’m sure you’ll agree with me that today’s English is very different from the English of 15th century.    Continue reading