This paper evaluates the Language Policy and Planning's (LPP) Methodological Rich
Points (MRP) in the geographic, ethnic and linguistic composition of Afghanistan. The
theoretical construct is taken from the work of Nancy H. Hornberger on MRP in LPP.
The paper explores a range of primary and secondary sources, and finds that the
presence of inequality, marginalization and oppression in intra-ethnic and intralanguage
group relations, sharing of resources and power account for neglect of the
MRP in Afghan LPP. The geographic details in conjunction with explanation of
historical process of migrations and conquests explains that most of the minority
language speakers are concentrated in the difficult to reach areas of Afghanistan for
their safety. Further, the limiting factors of Afghan geography explains the preservation
of minority languages from the effects of majority languages. The study concludes with
the proposal that it would be helpful to avoid the pitfalls of the current LPP in future by
giving due attention to MRP.
1-Ayaz Ahmad Lecturer, Department of English, Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan, Mardan, KP, Pakistan.2-Sana Hussan MPhil Scholar, Department of English, Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan, Mardan, KP, Pakistan.3-Safiullah Research Assistant, Humanity Research Council, Islamabad, Pakistan.
Afghanistan, Methodological Rich Points, Language Policy and Planning, Afghan Ethnic Composition, Afghan Linguistic Composition, Afghan Geography, LPP