Prasuni

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A language of Afghanistan

Alternate Names
Parun, Paruni, Prasun, Vasi vari, Veron, Verou, Veruni, Wasi-Veri
Population

8,000 (2011), increasing. 1,600 monolinguals. Ethnic population: 8,000.

Location

Nurestan province: Sech, Shupu (Ishtivi, Shtevgrom), Ucu, Ushut, and Zumu villages; Prasun (Parun) valley on upper reaches of Pech river; small border area with Badakhshan province.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Upper Wasi-Weri (Ishtivi), Central Prasun, Lower Prasun (Pashki, Ushut). Related to Kati [bsh] but more archaic. The most aberrant Nuristani language. No mutual intelligibility of other Nuristani languages.

Language Use

All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Dari [prs], Southern Pashto [pbt].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 15%.
Writing

Unwritten [Qaax].

Other Comments

Muslim.

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