Pashto, Central

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A language of Pakistan

Alternate Names
Mahsudi, Waziri
Population

6,520,000 (2013 SIL).

Location

Northern Balochistan Province; North-West Frontier, Bannu and Karak districts; Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Wazirstan agencies and Lakki Marwat and Tank regions; some border areas, Punjab Province, Bhakkar district.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Waciri (Waziri), Bannuchi (Bannochi, Bannu). Lexical comparison and interviews indicate this is distinct from Northern Pashto [pbu] and Southern Pashto [pbt]. A member of macrolanguage Pushto [pus].

Typology

SOV; noun head final; gender (masculine/feminine); no articles; case-marking (3 cases); verb affixes mark person, number, gender of subject; passives; tense and aspect; causatives.

Language Use

Also use Saraiki [skr]. Used as L2 by Savi [sdg], Ushojo [ush].

Language Development
Dictionary. Grammar.
Writing

Arabic script, Naskh variant [Arab], Naskh style.

Other Comments

Muslim.

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