Balochi, Eastern

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A language of Pakistan

Alternate Names
Baloci, Baluchi, Baluci, Eastern Hill Balochi
Population

3,050,000 in Pakistan (2004 J. Leclerc). 5,000,000 including L2 users of all Balochi languages. Total users in all countries: 3,050,800.

Location

Northeast Balochistan Province, northwest Sindh, southwest Punjab.

Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

A member of macrolanguage Baluchi [bal].

Typology

SOV; both prepositions and postpositions; gender (masculine/feminine); no articles; case-marking (5 cases); ergativity; passives; tense and aspect; 23 consonant and 8 vowel phonemes; non-tonal.

Language Use

Also use Saraiki [skr].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 5%–15%. Radio programs. Grammar. Bible portions: 1815–1906.
Writing

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

Other Comments

Balochi is the official spelling in Pakistan. A major language in Pakistan. Distinct from Western Balochi [bgn] and Southern Balochi [bcc]. A small body of literature. Muslim.

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