Parya

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A language of Tajikistan

Alternate Names
Afghana-Yi Nasfurush, Afghana-Yi Siyarui, Laghmani, Pbharya
Population

3,000 in Tajikistan (2008). Population total all countries: 4,000.

Location

Regions of Republican Subordination, Hissar valley.

Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

May be Marwari [rwr] dialect, related to Punjabi [pan], or Laghman dialect of Southeast Pashai [psi] of Afghanistan. Subgroups: Kalu, Jitain, Juni, Maggar, Bisiyan, Mussali, Shuiya.

Language Use

Despite small population, it is spoken more vigorously amongst themselves than larger language groups. Uzbek and Tajiki men who marry Parya women learn Parya and become assimilated into the community. Home. Also use Tajiki [tgk].

Writing

Unwritten [Qaax].

Other Comments

Came in 1880 to Tajikistan from Laghman, Afghanistan. Ethnic autonym: Changgars. Subgroup names similar to Changgars of Lahore, and to names used for groups mistakenly called Gypsies. Muslim (Sunni).

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