Balochi, Southern

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A language of Pakistan

Alternate Names
Baloci, Baluchi, Baluci, Makrani
Autonym
بلوچی‎ (Balōčī), بلوچی زبان‎ (Balōčī Zubān)
Population

L1 users: 2,540,000 (2004 J. Leclerc). Total users in all countries: 3,689,300.

Location

South Balochistan and Sindh provinces, Karachi.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Coastal Balochi, Kechi (Keci), Makrani (Lotuni). Distinct from Eastern Balochi [bgp] and fairly distinct from Western Balochi [bgn]. A member of macrolanguage Baluchi [bal].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 5%–15%. Radio. NT: 1999.
Writing

Arabic script, Naskh variant [Arab]. Arabic script, Nastaliq variant [Aran], primary usage.

Other Comments

Balochi is the official spelling in Pakistan. Muslim.

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