Pashai, Northwest

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A language of Afghanistan

Alternate Names
Northwest Pashayi, Pashai
Population

70,000 (2011 SIL).

Location

Kabul province: northwest of Kabul; Laghman, Kapisa, Nurestan, and Konar provinces; some in Nangarhar and Parvan provinces; Alisheng valley and others north of Sarobi.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Alasai, Bolaghain, Gulbahar, Kohnadeh, Laurowan, Najil, Nangarach, Pachagan, Pandau, Parazhghan, Pashagar, Sanjan, Shamakot, Shutul, Uzbin, Wadau. Unintelligible of other Pashai speakers. Lexical similarity: approximately 30% with Southeast Pashai [psi].

Typology

SOV.

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

Unwritten [Qaax].

Other Comments

Muslim (Sunni).