A language of Pakistan

Alternate Names
Damedi, Damel, Damia, Damiabaasha, Gidoji, Gudoji

5,000 (Cacopardo and Cacopardo 2001), increasing.


North-West Frontier, south Chitral district, south of Drosh, Damel valley; 4 main and several smaller villages.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).


2 groups: Shinteri-Dondideri and Swati-Aspar, but no significant dialect variation. Lexical similarity: 44% with Gawar-Bati [gwt], Savi [sdg], and Palula [phl]; 33% with Kamviri [xvi]; 29% with Kati [bsh].

Language Use

Vigorous. Home, community. All ages. A few men also use Urdu [urd]; a few women also use Pashto.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 0%. Urdu [urd] is used in schools. Poetry.
Other Comments

Speakers probably of mixed origin. Language influenced by Nuristani languages. Muslim (Sunni).