Kohistani, Indus

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A language of Pakistan

Alternate Names
Khili, Kohistani, Kohiste, Mair, Maiyã, Maiyon, Shuthun
Population

220,000 (1993).

Location

Indus Kohistan district, west bank Indus river.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Duber-Kandia (Khili, Manzari), Indus (Jijal, Mani, Pattan, Seo). A separate language from nearby varieties: Bateri [btv], Chilisso [clh], Gowro [gwf], Shina [plk], Torwali [trw], and Kalami [gwc]. Lexical similarity: 90% among dialects, 70% with Chilisso, 61% with Gowro [gwf], 58% with Bateri [btv], 41% with Kohistani Shina [plk], 28% with Kalami [gwc] and Torwali [trw].

Writing
Arabic script.
Other Comments

Mani and Manzari are not used for dialects, but refer to legendary brothers whose descendants settled in the 2 dialect areas.