English Language In Pakistan – Tool Of Empowerment Or Weapon Of Linguistic Imperialism
Pakistan is one country which is often in the news for the wrong reasons. But one aspect of the country remains hidden from the casual and distant observers. That is the affinity and aspirations of its state and people for the spread of the English language in the country. Undoubtedly, a few Pakistanis have made a name for themselves on the English literary horizon. The English writing in Pakistan is being touted as the next big thing and the reputed literary magazine Granta came out with a special issue on it a few years back. In spite of this, the jury is still out to ascertain the real character of English in the country. The present paper is an attempt to investigate the impacts and implications the spread of the English language has had in Pakistan. Keeping the detrimental effects in mind, we have also come up with a few suggestions to moderate the language policy of the country.
Keywords- English Language, Linguistic Imperialism, Empowerment, Linguistic Diversity, Native Language