Shina, Kohistani


A language of Pakistan

Alternate Names
Kohistani, Kohistyo, Palasi-Kohistani

200,000 (1981 census), increasing.


North-West Frontier, Kohistan district, east bank Indus river, Jalkot, Palas, and Kolai valley areas.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).


Jalkoti, Kolai, Palasi. A somewhat divergent variety of Shina linguistically and socially. Reportedly similar to Shina [scl] of Chilas, but more distant from Gilgit [scl] dialect.

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. Used as L2 by Bateri [btv], Chilisso [clh], Gowro [gwf].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 0%.
Other Comments

Muslim (Sunni).