Pashayi, Southwest

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A language of Afghanistan

Alternate Names
Pashai
Population

100,000 (2011 SIL).

Location

Northeast of Kabul, north of Sarobi, Tagau (Tagab) valley.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Ishpi, Isken, Tagau. Not intelligible of other Pashayi languages. Lexical similarity: Less than 30% with other Pashayi languages.

Typology

SOV.

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

Unwritten [Qaax].

Other Comments

Pashayi peoples have rich folklore and songs preserved by oral tradition. Muslim (Sunni).