Kohistani, Indus

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A language of Pakistan

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

200,000 (1992).

Location

North-West Frontier, 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]. Lexical similarity: 88%–92% between dialects, 69%–71% with Chilisso [clh], 61%–63%% with Gowro [gwf], 58%–61% with Bateri [btv], 36%–41% with Kohistani Shina [plk], 26%–28% with Kalami [gwc] and Torwali [trw].

Writing

Arabic script [Arab].

Other Comments

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