Pashai, Northeast

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A language of Afghanistan

Alternate Names
Northeast Pashayi, Pashai
Population

54,400 (2000).

Location

Konar Province west of Asadabad, side valleys between Konar and Pech rivers; Nangarhar Province, Dara-I-Nur and Kuz Konar districts.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous). Statutory language of national identity (2004, Constitution, Article 16(2)).

Dialects

Aret, Chalas (Chilas), Kandak, Kurangal, Kurdar. Unintelligible of other Pashai speakers. Lexical similarity: approximately 30% with Southeast Pashai [psi] and Southwest Pashai [psh].

Typology

SOV.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 5%–15%.
Writing

Unwritten [Qaax].

Other Comments

Kandak, Shemul, Aret, Shumasht, and Kordar villages belong to the Chugani people; Chalas and Kurangal are separate. Muslim (Sunni).