Balochi, Western


A language of Pakistan

Alternate Names
Baloci, Baluchi, Baluci

1,080,000 in Pakistan (2004 J. Leclerc). Total users in all countries: 2,016,840.


Northwest Balochistan Province; Sindh Province, Dadu district.

Language Status

5 (Developing).


Lashari, Rakhshani (Raxshani), Sarawani. Strongly influenced by Farsi, but not intelligible with Farsi [prs]. A member of macrolanguage Baluchi [bal].

Language Use

Used as L2 by Brahui [brh].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 1%–5%. Literacy rate in L2: 5%–15%. Newspapers. Radio programs. Dictionary. Bible portions: 1984–2005.

Arabic script, Naskh variant [Arab], Naskh style. Arabic script, Nastaliq variant [Aran], primary usage. Cyrillic script [Cyrl], used in Turkmenistan.

Other Comments

Balochi is the official spelling in Pakistan. A small body of literature. Muslim.

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