Bunyad - A Journal of Urdu Studies, Lahore University of Management Sciences - Lahore

بنیاد (مجّلہ دراساتِ اردو)

Gurmani Centre for Languages and Literature
ISSN (print): 2225-6083
ISSN (online): 2709-9687

The article discusses the importance of slang words and their equal significance alongside standard language in expressing social activities and emotions. It is divided into two parts. The first part emphasizes the crucial role of slang in linguistic communication. In contrast, the second part explores slang words in three prominent languages of the northern regions: Shīnā (شنا), Baltī (بلتی) and Khawār (کھوار). These languages have a rich reservoir of idioms and slang influenced by the local culture of the mountainous terrain. The article collected slang words through firsthand interactions with local communities in northern Pakistan, noting a noticeable Urdu influence. By highlighting the importance of slang in linguistic expression, the article sheds light on the unique linguistic landscapes of these languages, enhancing our understanding of their cultural significance.


Department of Urdu, Allama Iqbal Open University, Islamabad.


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Type: Article
Volume: 15
Issue: 1
Language: Urdu
Id: 667c13e3d672e
Published June 26, 2024
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