Balochi, Eastern


A language of Pakistan

Alternate Names
Baloci, Baluchi, Baluci, Eastern Hill Balochi

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.


Northeast Balochistan Province, northwest Sindh, southwest Punjab.

Language Status

5 (Developing).


A member of macrolanguage Baluchi [bal].


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.

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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