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Dialects or none?
It is not possible to subdivide the Punjabi language into dialects. Some linguists, however, classify various sub-dialects of Punjabi, which is also quite controversial. The Lahnda or West Punjabi, a group consisting of well over twenty vernaculars including Shahpuri, Multani, Saraiki, Hindko, and Pothohari, are classified as idioms of Punjabi, even though many linguists consider these to be separate languages. The Dogri, a dialect formerly spoken in the Jammu area, was long considered by the Indian government to be a dialect of Punjabi, but has been recognized as its own language by the Indian Constitution for the past few years. Do you have any Punjabi texts that you need to have translated into German? We can handle it for you! Our native-speaking translators are capable of translating your texts with pinpoint precision and with regards to linguistic and cultural characteristics. This is how we can guarantee you the outstanding quality of our translations. Give our services a try and send us your text by email or by using the request form to the right. We will also gladly advise you by phone in advance.
The history of Punjabi
Punjabi can be traced back to the early Middle Ages. There are literary certificates from this time that have survived to this day. Punjabi didn’t become a generally accepted language, however, until the early modern period. In time, it became the language of Sikhism, a monotheistic religion in the North of India that boasted millions of followers. With the global spread of Sikhism, which extended all the way to Europe, North America and Australia, Punjabi was generally accepted as well and could spread with this religion.
A tonal language
The Punjabi features special phonological features. It is therefore generally considered a tonal language. This means that by changing the pitch of a letter or a syllable when speaking Punjabi, the entire word can also change meaning. Tonal languages are the most widely spoken languages on Earth. There are three different types of tonal languages: register tone languages, contour tone languages, and pitch accented languages. The Punjabi script is also very distinctive. It is called Gurmukhi. Closely related to different Indian writing styles, it originates from the Brahmi script, a combination of letters and symbols that later developed into more than one hundred Indian scripts, including Gurmukhi. The name Gurmukhi is derived from the words "teacher" and "mouth." Our native-speaking translators know the idiosyncrasies of Punjabi and are capable of translating your texts with pinpoint accuracy. Even more specialized subject areas such as medicine or economics are not a problem for us. Contact us if you want a private consultation on your Punjabi translation, or just send us your text by email. We look forward to hearing from you!
How much does a translation into Punjabi cost?
The standard rate for translations from English into Punjabi is $ 0,22 per word and for translations from Punjabi into English the industry rate is $ 0,27. For new customers or large texts (more than 5,000 words) we may significantly reduce our rates. For urgent jobs that need several translators working simultaneously, we'll apply a surcharge. For a full list of rates per language, please visit Rates table for most requested language combinations.
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