Pashayi, Northwest

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A language of Afghanistan

Alternate Names
Pashai
Population

70,000 (2011 SIL).

Location

Kapisa and Laghman provinces, Gulbahar to Nuristan on Alingar river, Alisheng valley, valleys 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 Pashayi speakers. Lexical similarity: approximately 30% with Southeast Pashayi [psi].

Typology

SOV

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

Muslim (Sunni).