Aimaq

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A language of Afghanistan

Alternate Names
Barbari, Berberi, Chahar-Aimaq, Char Aimaq
Population

480,000 in Afghanistan (1993). Includes 1,000 Jamshidi (1978 MARC). Population total all countries: 650,000.

Location

Central northwest Afghanistan, west of Hazara, eastern Iran, and Tajikistan (Jamshidi and Khazara). Centers in Ghor, Badghis, and Herat provinces. Also in Iran, Tajikistan.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Chinghizi, Firozkohi, Jamshidi (Djamchidi, Dzhemshid, Jamshedi, Yemchidi), Maliki, Mizmast, Taimani, Taimuri (Taimouri, Teimuri, Timuri), Zainal, Zohri (Zuri). Dialect names could well be ethnic names, probably dialect of Dari [prs], at least Jamshidi is not much different from the Herati dialect of Dari.

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

Muslim (Hanafi Sunni).

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