Punjabi, Eastern, India
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Predominantly spoken in the Punjab region of India and Pakistan, it’s an Indo-Aryan language with millions of speakers. It’s also known for its rich literary tradition.
In Punjab, digital media is rapidly growing, with a strong inclination towards music, films, and social media. The diaspora also significantly influences content trends.
Communication in this language is often respectful and formal, especially in rural areas. Understanding regional variations and cultural contexts is vital.
Writing System and Typography
It uses Gurmukhi script in India and Shahmukhi in Pakistan. The script flows left-to-right in Gurmukhi and right-to-left in Shahmukhi.
Phonetics and Phonology
Its phonetic system includes tonal variations, which can be a challenge for non-native speakers. Pronunciation varies significantly between different dialects.
Typically follows an SOV sentence structure. It has a complex system of inflections for gender, number, and case, similar to other Indo-Aryan languages.
Media and Text Layout
Translation often leads to text expansion. Subtitles should be concise, with a recommended limit of 40 characters per line in Gurmukhi script.
Localizing content requires sensitivity to cultural and religious nuances. Adaptations for the diaspora audience can be particularly challenging.
Ensuring compatibility with its script in digital platforms, especially in both Gurmukhi and Shahmukhi scripts, is crucial for readability and accessibility.
The language is known for its rich poetry and music, especially the classical and folk genres, which are integral to its cultural identity.
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