Pashayi, Northeast

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A language of Afghanistan

Alternate Names
Pashai
Population

54,400 (2000).

Location

Kunar Province west of Asadabad, side valleys between Kunar and Pech rivers.

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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 Pashayi speakers. Lexical similarity: approximately 30% with Southeast Pashayi [psi] and Southwest Pashayi [psh].

Typology

SOV.

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

Unwritten [Qaax].

Other Comments

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