AER: a language of Pakistan

The following is the entry for this language as it appeared in the 14th edition (2000).
It was superseded by the corresponding entry in the 15th edition (2005). See also the corresponding entry in the 16th edition (2009).

SIL code: AEQ

ISO 639-2: inc

Population 100 to 200 (1998). 
Region Lower Sindh, Jikrio Goth near Kunri around Deh 333, Hyderabad, and at Jamesabad. Others are reported to have migrated to India at Partition in 1947, living in the Kach Bhuj area in Gujarat.
Classification Indo-European, Indo-Iranian, Indo-Aryan, Central zone, Gujarati.
Comments 78% lexical similarity with Katai Meghwar and Kachi Bhil, 75% to 77% with Rabari, 76% with Kachi Koli. They also speak Sindhi (adult men only for common topics), Panjabi (adult men of Jikrio Goth only for common topics), and have worship songs in Gujarati. Women are monolingual. 100% of boys and 25% of girls attend Sindhi medium schools. All ages. Aer is used within the group. Unusual interrogative word suggests possible historical connection with Western Rajasthani group. Speakers in Pakistan are running out of marriage possibilities and may have to move to India. The group in India is the most influential. Other Aer people in Nawabshah, Sindh are reported to speak a different language, dress differently, and do not intermarry with this group. Investigation needed: intelligibility with Aer in India, Aer speaking a different language in Pakistan. Literacy rate in second language: 15% in Sindhi. Sindhi-based script. Hindu.

This web edition of the Ethnologue contains all the content of the print edition and may be cited as:
Grimes, Barbara F. (ed.), 2000. Ethnologue: Languages of the World, Fourteenth edition. Dallas, Texas: SIL International. Online version:

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