2,910,000 in Afghanistan (2011 UNSD), increasing. Population total all countries: 2,961,980. 1,000,000 monolinguals. Ethnic population: 2,910,000.
North central; Faryab, Balkh, Sar-e Pol, Kondoz, Samangan, Jowzjan, Takhar, Baghlan, and Badghis provinces; small area in Ghowr Province; in Maimana, Sheberghan, Aqcha, and Saripul towns.
2 (Provincial). Statutory language of provincial identity in Fariab, Jawzjan, Saripul, other northern provinces (2004, Constitution, Article 16(2)).
SOV; postpositions; noun head final; content q-word final; one prefix in words borrowed from Dari [prs], many suffixes (agglutinative); verbal affixation marks of person and number for subject and object; verb tense and aspect marked by suffixes; nontonal; no vowel harmony (unlike some other, closely-related Turkic languages).
Arabic script [Arab].