Waigali

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A language of Afghanistan

Alternate Names
Suki, Wai, Wai-Ala, Waigala, Waigalii, Waigeli, Zhonjigali
Population

11,500 (2011), increasing. 2,300 monolinguals. Ethnic population: 11,500.

Location

Southeast Nuristan Province, Central Kunar Province north of Pech. Varjan in north Waigal valley, Waigal, Zonchigal, Jamach, Ameshdesh villages, and east in Veligal valley villages; Chima-Nishey in lower valley villages.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Chima-Nishey, Varjan. Lexical similarity: 76%–80% with Tregami [trm].

Language Use

All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. 9,200 also use Northern Pashto [pbu].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 15%. Poetry.
Writing

Unwritten [Qaax].

Other Comments

Muslim (Sunni).