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PUNJABI LANGUAGE

Understanding The Punjabi Language & Providing Professional Punjabi Interpreters, Translators and Transcriptionists 

American Language Services ® (AML-Global) understands the importance of working in the Punjabi language. For over a Quarter of a Century, American Language Services ® has worked with the Punjabi language as well as hundreds of others from around the world. We offer comprehensive language services 24 hours, 7 days a week worldwide by providing Punjabi interpreting, translation and transcriptions services along with hundreds of other languages and dialects. Our linguists are native speakers and writers who are screened, credentialed, certified, field tested and experienced in a number of specific industry settings. The Punjabi language is unique and has very specific origins and characteristics. 

Punjabi Language in Pakistan

Punjabi is an Indian language spoken by inhabitants of the historical Punjab region (in India) and their diasporas. Speakers include adherents of the religions of Sikhism, Hinduism and Islam. Pakistani society is largely hierarchical, with high regard for traditional family values, although urban families have grown into a nuclear family system because of the socio-economic constraints imposed by the traditional joint family system. Recent decades have seen the emergence of a middle class in cities like Karachi, Lahore, Rawalpindi, Hyderabad, Faisalabad, and Peshawar that wish to move in a more liberal direction, as opposed to the northwestern regions bordering Afghanistan that remain highly conservative and dominated by centuries-old regional tribal customs. 

Punjabi Phonology

Punjabi has three phonemically distinct tones that developed from the lost murmured (or "voiced aspirate") series of consonants. Phonetically the tones are rising or rising-falling contours and they can span over one syllable or two, but phonemically they can be distinguished as high, mid, and low. A stem medial murmured consonant, which appeared after a short vowel and before a long vowel, became voiced and left a low tone on the two syllables following it.

Punjabi Writing System

There are several different scripts used for writing the Punjabi language, depending on the region and the dialect spoken, as well as the religion of the speaker. In the Punjab province of Pakistan, the script used is Perso-Arabic and is essentially same as Urdu script. In the Indian state of Punjab, Sikhs and others use the Gurmukhi (from the mouth of the Gurus) script. Hindus, and those living in neighboring Indian states, such as Haryana and Himachal Pradesh, sometimes use the Devanagari script. Gurmukhi and Shahmukhi scripts are the most commonly used for writing Punjabi and are considered the official scripts of the language. 

Who are You Going to Trust with Your Vital Punjabi Language Needs?

The Punjabi language is an important language worldwide. It is vital to understand the general nature and specific idiosyncrasies of Punjabi. Since 1985, AML-Global has provided outstanding Punjabi interpreters, translators and transcriptionsts worldwide.