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Balochi, Southern

A language of Pakistan

ISO 639-3: bcc

Population 2,765,000 in Pakistan (1998). Population total all countries: 3,400,300.
Region Southern Balochistan, southern Sind, Karachi. Also spoken in Iran, Oman, United Arab Emirates.
Alternate names   Baluchi, Baluci, Baloci, Makrani
Dialects Coastal Balochi, Kechi, Makrani (Lotuni). Distinct from Eastern Balochi and fairly distinct from Western Balochi.
Classification Indo-European, Indo-Iranian, Iranian, Western, Northwestern, Balochi
Language development Literacy rate in first language: below 1%. Literacy rate in second language: 5% to 15%. Urdu script. Bible portions: 1992–1994.
Comments Muslim (Sunni), Zigri (Zikri).

Also spoken in:

Iran

Language name   Balochi, Southern
Population 405,000 in Iran.
Region Southern Sistan va Baluchistan Province.
Alternate names   Baluchi, Baluci, Baloci
Dialects Makrani (Lotuni).
Comments Muslim (Sunni).
   

Oman

Language name   Balochi, Southern
Population 130,300 in Oman (1993). Ethnic population: 312,000 in Oman (1993).
Region Most were in Mutrah, but have dispersed a bit up the coast.
Alternate names   Baluchi, Baluci, Baloci
Dialects Makrani (Lotuni, Zadgaali), Barahuwi, Bashgaadi, Huuti.
Language use Ethnic Baloch who immigrated long ago are Omani citizens, but no longer speak Balochi.
Comments Speakers come from Pakistan. The majority are not Omani citizens. Muslim (Sunni).
   

United Arab Emirates

Language name   Balochi, Southern
Population 100,000 in United Arab Emirates.
Alternate names   Baluchi, Baluci, Baloci
Dialects Makrani (Lotuni).
Comments Speakers come from Oman, Iran, and Pakistan. Unskilled laborers; police; military. Muslim (Sunni).