Balochi, Western

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A language of Pakistan

Alternate Names
Baloci, Baluchi, Baluci
Population

1,116,000 in Pakistan (1998). Population total all countries: 1,799,840.

Location

Northwest Baluchistan Province.

Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Lashari, Rakhshani (Raxshani), Sarawani. Strongly influenced by Farsi, but not intelligible with Farsi [prs]. A member of macrolanguage Baluchi [bal].

Language Use

Used as L2 by Brahui [brh].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 1%–5%. Literacy rate in L2: 5%–15%. Newspapers. Radio programs. Dictionary. Bible portions: 1984–2005.
Writing

Arabic script [Arab], Nastaliq style, used in Afghanistan.

Other Comments

Balochi is the official spelling in Pakistan. A small body of literature. Muslim (Sunni).

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