Tirahi

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A language of Afghanistan

Population

100. Ethnic population: 5,000.

Location

Southeast of Jalalabad, west of Khyber Pass, Nangarhar village.

Language Status

8b (Nearly extinct).

Dialects

None known. Most closely related to Kohistani languages of Pakistan.

Language Use

Most shifted to Southern Pashto [pbt]. Older adults.

Writing

Unwritten [Qaax].

Other Comments

It is very likely that this language is extinct. The Tirahi are “a group of unclear origin, almost completely assimilated by Pashtun” (Pstrusinska and Gray 1990). Muslim.