Tirahi

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A language of Afghanistan

Population

100. Ethnic population: 5,000.

Location

Nangarhar Province, 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.