19th Edition



A language of Pakistan


100 (1998). Women monolingual. Ethnic population: 330 Aer in Deh area.


Lower Sindh Province, Jikrio Goth near Kunri, Deh area, Hyderabad, Jamesabad.

Language Maps
Language Status

6b (Threatened).


Jikrio Goth Aer, Jamesabad Aer. Lexical similarity: 78% with Katai Meghwar and Kachi Bhil—both dialects of Kachi Koli [gjk], 75%–77% with the Rabari dialect of Kachi Koli [gjk], 76% with Kachi Koli [gjk].

Language Use

All ages. Also use Gujarati [guj], Saraiki [skr], Sindhi [snd], Western Punjabi [pnb].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 15% in Sindhi [snd].

Unwritten [Qaax].

Other Comments

Unusual interrogative word suggests possible historical connection with Western Rajasthani group. Speakers in Pakistan running out of marriage possibilities and may have to move to India. The Indian group is most influential. Other Aer people in Nawabshah, Sindh reportedly speak a different language, dress differently, and do not intermarry with this group. Hindu.

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